Kerry Penner is a second degree student pursuing a Bachelor specializing in Software Engineering with the School of Computing Science. After graduating with a Communications degree and working in industry, Kerry grew dissatisfied with the general career opportunities available to her in her chosen field. Kerry felt that the available positions were not challenging or rewarding enough, so she decided to look into other options. She first considered graphic design, but after a friend suggested that she might be a better suited to computing science, Kerry heeded their advice and spent a semester at SFU taking first year classes and the rest, as they say, is history!
Kerry finished her first paid co-operative education term in the summer of 2007 with Kodac as a software tester on a workflow system for large printing presses. At Kodac, she is not only putting into practice the theories she has learned in the classroom, she has also discovered the importance of team work and collaboration. Kerry is involved around campus and has just started her term as the new president of WICS (Women in Computing Science) a networking group that promotes opportunities to learn, to meet industry mentors, and have fun. Kerry has also been involved in our ChicTech initiative which is a program that pairs university students like Kerry, who act as mentors, with teams of grade 9 and 10 girls in a fun-filled competition to design and implement websites for non-profit organizations. In her spare time, Kerry enjoys sewing and being a girl-guide leader.