Michelle Lee graduated in the summer of 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems—a joint degree offered between the School of Computing Science and the Faculty of Business. Michelle’s interest in computing science deepened once she began to see the potential applications of computing science concepts to a wide variety of fields beyond traditional computing and engineering. As with many of our students, Michelle did not come to SFU with any formal background in computing and learned everything she knows through coursework and support from her instructors and peers. Later on, Michelle put her knowledge to the test during full-time paid co-operative education terms with companies like Telus and Gale Force Solutions.
Michelle has been very active in the campus community serving many terms as treasurer for the Computing Science Student Society and as co-chair and event coordinator for Women in Computing Science—a networking group that promotes opportunities to learn, to meet industry mentors, and have fun. In completing her degree, Michelle has been a frequent visitor to the Surrey campus, both as a student and as a Teaching Assistant for an introductory computing course. She has also represented the School of Computing Science on a volunteer basis at many events including the SFU Surrey Open House, and our famed Bits & Bytes day—where high school students have the opportunity to come to SFU to see what it’s like to be a computing science student for a day. She is committed to dispelling the myths that surround the field of computing science by showing students that computing is so much more than programming. She let students know that computing not only teaches the means to find creative new ways to solve problems that have wide applicability but that it also promotes strong communication skills that many graduates find invaluable after they graduate. In Michelle’s own words “there’s just so many things you can do” with computing science.