JOHN VU | PROGRAM MANAGER – SURREY CAMPUS
John Vu is a passionate and experienced IT professional who has built his international career through positions with German, US, and Canadian based companies. He is a solution-driven technical leader with years of success transforming IT infrastructures, processes, and integrating new technologies to improve efficiency, productivity, and cost savings. Throughout his career, he has been involved with IT infrastructure from start-ups to top Fortunes 500 companies . His experience covers a variety of domains including telecommunication, IT networks and infrastructure, Cloud computing, systems hardware and software, and Network Security
With his broad experience in technology along with the dedication to projects, John has helped many companies deliver excellent value to their customers, internal as well as external. John thrives on creating new solutions with the basics, and thinking out of the box.
A few of his hobbies are soccer, tennis, hiking, music, photography and volunteering.
MATTHEW CHAMBERS | INSTRUCTOR & TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER
Having been raised in a family where 12 computers in the basement was a normality, Matt’s passion for technical things started early. Of his generation, not many can say their Dad taught them computers. In his case, it’s true. Taking a different route than his father, choosing the service side of computing he has focused on helping others through his talents with a PC. Spending over 10 years as a Unix/Linux admin in the “ISP” sector being in various roles, he always returned to his passion, helping people. Weather as Lead Tech, or Support Manager Matt’s ability to speak to the customer could arguably be his greatest talent. Bringing this to the classroom has allowed the students to benefit from years of experience and patience while bringing the technical jargon from scary to everyday language for them. In his role at the Centre as the Technical Services Manager, he oversees all of the technology needs of the school as well as bringing forward fresh ideas, positive changes and above all accessible technical services that people are happy to engage with.
FRED BROWN | INSTRUCTOR
Fred has been working with and around computers since the mid-1960s. His first computer was a vacuum-tube based National Elliott 405 with a whopping 2048 bytes of main memory and a 128KB disk drive. It took up an entire classroom and only ran for a few hours at a time before needing to be serviced. It was learning about and programming this computer that was the start to his long career in information technology. He is a hacker of old, having modified the operating system of Digital Equipment’s PDP-10 to allow for batch scripts to be run interactively – a novel concept for its time. He was hired by Digital Equipment to further enhance that capability and stayed with them for 25 years until their demise.
Fred co-authored a paper on the “Portability of a Large Algol Program” while in undergraduate studies for his degree in Computer Science. He is a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc. in Computer Science from 1972.
In his 50 years of computing, Fred has seen the rise and fall of many IT technologies. He has focused on Microsoft server systems since the days of Windows NT 3.1 and Exchange 4.0. In recent years, he’s been involved with cyber security, including privileged account management and public key infrastructure.
When he’s not working at his main hobby – computers – he also enjoys gardening, reading and listening to music.
IAN MCLAUGHLIN | INSTRUCTOR
Ian’s interest in electronics led to him building his first computer from scratch in 1979. His hobby of bulletin board systems and ARPAnet led to an opportunity in 1994 to open the first independent dial-up ISP in the BC Interior by forming Okanagan Internet Junction. He sold the business after expanding to serving 14 communities in three provinces, and transitioned to providing co-location and data centre services for Canadian businesses.
He is currently a partner in Provision Data Systems, providing data centre, co-location, ISP, fiber, wireless, and consulting services to Kelowna and Western Canada.
His hobbies include amateur radio, and collecting and restoring antique computers.
SHANE WATSON | INSTRUCTOR
Shane has been in the IT industry going on 2 decades. Shane’s focus is Project Management. Shane is the individual that gets called in when projects fall off track. He has years of experience in how to bring projects back into deadlines and completion dates. His experience with managing projects has given him insight on how to dig through the confusion of projects and help facilitate all members to achieve the end goal.
Shane enjoys mentoring the next generation of IT members and help them become the next leaders in IT.
BILL XU | SURREY INSTRUCTOR
Bill Xu is a doctoral research fellow at Simon Fraser University, Department of Computer Science. He received his MCP,MCSA, and CCNA designations in 2014 ,and started the IEEE research fellow in 2016. He received Bachelor’s Degree in English from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China in 2010, and Bachelor of Technology in computer systems from BCIT in 2014. He received Master of Science in computer science from Simon Fraser University, in 2016. His research interests include Internet-of-Things, big data and deep learning. He enjoys the process of bridging the gap between theory and practice, and of bringing theoretical results to practical implementations.
JASON CUI| SURREY INSTRUCTOR
Jason Cui is a Ph.D candidate at Simon Fraser University, School of Computing Science. He received his Electrical Engineering Bachelor Degree with Distinction from the University of British Columbia and his Computing Science Master’s Degree from Simon Fraser. During his study, he received many scholarships from both universities and the government. His research interests include, but are not limited to, architecture of general purpose GPUs and energy efficient computing including most recently, accelerators for machine learning. He is a member of IEEE (Advancing Technology for Humanity) Association. Along the way, Jason has worked for UBC, SFU, and ETH Zurich Swiss. Jason is passionate about education and computer science, and brings that to the classroom of Centre for Arts and Technology.