A Weekend to Remember – Celebrating 50 Years

Last weekend marked the beginning of our 50th year in the School of Computing. The festivities welcomed back our alumni, our previous department heads, and our retired faculty and staff. Together with many of our current faculty, staff, and students, we acknowledged and celebrated this community for how it has shaped the School into what we are today. Over 100 attendees from ages as young as 2 months, Countries as far as Australia and Kuwait, and alumni since 1978, joined the celebration.

Read the full story on the Queen’s School of Computing News blog:

A Weekend to Remember – Celebrating 50 Years

Alumni Profiles – Robin Senior

Name: Robin Senior
Degree Plan: Computing and Information Science 2002
Current place of employment: Shopify

What have you been up to since graduating?
Did my MSc at Queen’s, in HCI. Spent 8 years at Oculus Info (now Uncharted) doing data visualization, then 6 years doing iOS development at theScore. Now a development manager and iOS lead at Shopify. Also got married, travelled around Asia, and had two kids!

Do you have any stand out memories or stories from your time at Queen’s?
Living in a house of 5 CS majors made for a lot of all-nighters, trying to get assignments done in between LAN games of Worms Armageddon!

Alumni Profiles – Paul Parsons


Name: Paul Parsons
Degree Plan: Cognitive Science 2007
Current place of employment: Purdue University

What have you been up to since graduating?
Graduate school in computer science, University of Western Ontario, 2007-2013. Postdoc, IBM, 2013-2015. Assistant Professor, Purdue University, 2015-current.

Do you have any stand out memories or stories from your time at Queen’s?
Being part of the small cogs program was a great experience.

Alumni Profiles – Jenny Du


Name: Jenny Du
Degree Plan: Computing Major 2018
Current place of employment: Clarkson University

What have you been up to since graduating?
I am a Business Intelligence analyst.

Do you have any stand out memories or stories from your time at Queen’s?
I really appreciate my advisor David Skillicorn. His knowledge and skills and encouragements all help me in my career path.

Alumni Profiles – Eric J. Rapos

Name: Eric J. Rapos
Degree Plan: Software Design 2010, MSc 2012, PhD 2017
Current place of employment: Miami University

What have you been up to since graduating?
I am currently an Assistant Professor of Software Engineering at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA. I have continued research that began during my graduate studies at Queen’s University and am actively involved in the research community.

In my personal life, I have moved to the US, got married to my wonderful wife Jenn, and adopted a black lab named Abby.

Do you have any stand out memories or stories from your time at Queen’s?
I have many fond memories from my time (11 years!) at Queen’s. The one that stands out most to me is the number of opportunities students have to broaden their perspectives. During my time at Queen’s, particularly within the School of Computing, I was able to get actively involved in the offering of programming for students, both curricular and extra-curricular. Beyond this, as a student I was able to spend time working in industry during an internship and studying abroad during an exchange program. Another great opportunity that I was given was the chance to teach during my PhD; something that I can say for sure was instrumental in securing me a tenure-track position right after graduation. It is my experiences at Queen’s that have shaped my current career and future trajectory.