My name is Stephen. I'm an undergraduate studying Computer Science at the University of Waterloo's David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. I've just started by third year and am looking forward to the more interesting, advanced topics that are offered to higher years.
In my free time, I really enjoy experimenting with sandbox games. Creating large, well-organized systems have always interested me. Building aesthetically pleasing scenes and designing complex transportation networks in SimCity 4 and Cities:Skylines make for pleasant unwindings at the end of the day. I also do a little bit of geocaching, digital photography, and game-modding. I hope to eventually save up for flight school to fulfill my long-time dream to soar the skies. I hold the firm beliefs that we must do everything we can to combat human-induced climate change and to provide fair opportunity to education and global access to technology.
You can email me at [email protected] ✉. If you'd like a single-page printable version of my resume, please contact me by email, and I will gladly provide you with a copy. Here are my GitHub and LinkedIn pages.
Sep 2015 – Now
Studying at the University of Waterloo (Candidate for Bachelor of Computer Science)
May 2017 – Dec 2017
at General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada
Ada, C, Java, Linux, IBM Rational ClearCase, ClearQuest, DOORS, Artisan Studio
May 2016 – Aug 2016
at Tigercat Industries
C#, Windows Forms, C, MySQL, Linux
Jun 2014 – Jun 2015
at Academic Centre for Excellence
leadership, management, teaching, working with children
Sept 2013 – June 2014
at Academic Centre for Excellence
teaching, working with children
A work-in-progress computer algebra system.
Scala, Symbolic Computation, Programming Language building
A turn based tactical game prototyping web-app that allows for mechanics testing and scenario simulations. You first define some game unit types with attack/defence stats, a description, and a colour for easy identification. It then lets you place these units on a hexagonal board. You can move them, rotate them, and change the values of their stats to simulate units being damaged, buffed, and debuffed.
A .NET application for easily downloading MP3s from SC. It determines the URI of the MP3 resource that would be streamed based on a user-entered webpage, and saves it to a local location.
C#/.NET, Windows Forms, Threading, HTTP
A web app to act as an at-a-glance second-monitor reference for the popular online game, World of Tanks. It currently displays the reload and armour configurations for vehicles filtered by battle tier.
React/JSX, Node.js, AWS, MySQL, REST API
My new personal website, designed to focus on adaptive layout for a world dominated by mobile web-browsing. Fun fact: all graphics used on this site were drawn by me!
JS/HTML/CSS, front-end design, Photoshop
A console-based anagram game, similar to the MSN hit "Text Twist": it grabs one word from a dictionary and the player must name all words in the dictionary that are anagrams of all subsets of the characters that form the original word.
A top-down shooter game created using the educational language, Turing. It involved understanding of a game loop and simple text-based user interface design. Game features included a randomly moving "AI" enemy and nifty text animations.
This logo appears on the home page—as well as the sidebar if your browser is wide enough. When I was in my junior year of secondary school, I wanted a personal graphic to represent my character. In the end I shuffled together some shapes and came up with this circular figure. It actually comprises of a blue S and a red Z, my primary initials. The S is textured as our blue marble, the Earth. This is meant to indicate the responsibility I feel to bettering our planet. The Z is textured as a red PCB. This shows my love for technology and computer science. The two entangle each other and surround a white core to show for how these aspects both affect and respond to my core beliefs.
I believe that the advancement of science and technology is the key to bettering quality of life across the world, and that it is a global effort to work towards this goal. We must stop human-induced climate change and make emerging technologies globally accessible. In particular, I'm looking forward to the proliferation of self-driving vehicles, the promises of cheaper renewable energy sources (solar is cheaper than wind now, and the trend is still evident), and the endeavors to make internet access both a universal right and a universal resource.
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