COGS Careers Night 2020

Attention COGS students: Meet your COGS alumni and ask questions about life after graduation at the COGS Careers Night! The format will begin with some rounds of facilitated networking followed by more general mingling.

  • Date: January 31, 2020
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
    • 6:30-6:40pm | Opening remarks, explanation of format
    • 6:40-7:30pm | 3 rounds of breakout discussions
    • 7:30-8:30pm | Mix and mingle
  • Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues, Place of Many Trees

A sneak peak of who from the COGS alumni community is coming (more alumni are coming!):

  • Alym Amlani is a business and accounting instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, and The University of British Columbia. He currently teaches cost and financial accounting, financial modeling, information systems, as well as COGS 401. Alym has co-authored several articles on the Science of Magic and continues to pursue research on education and assessment.
  • Patrick Coleman joined the cognitive systems program in 2015 after years working in the software industry for Google. He is now researching neuroscience at UBC, combining psychology, neuroscience, software and visualization to look at developing neurons.
  • Andrea Lam is the Rental Pricing Analyst for Finning International, the world’s largest Caterpillar dealer. She uses her data powers to analyze, report and improve Finning’s rental pricing strategy through business intelligence. She studied in the Cognition and Brain stream, and worked as both a lab assistant and manager at the Visual Cognition Lab.
  • Eric Lebeau works at the BDC where he leads a Portfolio Management team. The team’s functions include compliance, risk management, and helping provide flexible solutions to entrepreneurs. His recent focus has been both on (1) updating processes to increase efficiency, and (2) providing an encouraging and supportive environment where team members work on continued learning and career development. Eric considers the COGS program to be the foundation of his continued education, and to this day, any mention of his COGS degree is a great conversation starter!
  • Hae Jung Min is working as a clinical trials monitor/recruiter at BC Cancer. She started her career as a research assistant at a dietary supplement company where she worked on clinical trials and FDA compliance in the R&D Department. Since then, she got involved in different types of clinical trials in hereditary cancer and MS and GU cancer. You might not get her attention with her name, but if you start talking about the frontal lobe or the brain, or ways to bridge research into policies, she might join you even if you don’t want her to. Among all she does at work, she has pride in her meme generating skills.
  • Alison Myers is Research Analyst at the Sauder School of Business at UBC, where she has worked since graduating from COGS in 2015. She would describe herself as a data wrangler, and uses tools like R, Python, and Tableau to transform data into useable reports and dashboards in the area of Learning Analytics. Alison also helps to run a group called LAVA involved in coordinating the Learning Analytics Hackathons that happen at UBC.
  • Euphemia Wong is a UX Designer with a background in cognitive science, research and web development. She is currently working on Age of Empires IV at Relic Entertainment, and is also the organizer for Ladies that UX Vancouver.
  • Hudhaifah Zahid is CEO & Co-Founder of Vancouver Peer-to-Peer Car-sharing startup, Carmodity. Cognitive Systems enabled him to formalize his workplace learnings at school – specifically network effects with blockchain technology and marketplace platforms. He enjoys the 402 research process and has created and continues to create summer COGS 402 opportunities for students, for example:
    • Designing against malpractice and monopolies in online markets
    • Efficient distribution of work in peer-to-peer systems
    • The role of trust in securitized assets vs. managed assets
  • Before coming back to COGS as the advisor and administrator of the program, Candice McGowan was involved in vision science research, interactive data visualization pedagogy, and in a not-for-profit animal rescue. She has experience in wearing many hats in small organizations that aim to scale up rapidly.

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