Science Career Talk- March 2016

March.3rd, 2016

Science students/ graduates will have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of science alumni who will speak about what career path they have pursued and how they navigated their job search with a science background. Networking often plays a major role in how students/graduates find jobs and careers that fit their interests and values.

This event will provide a great opportunity for science students/graduates to build their network, learn what opportunities there are in the hidden job market and how to best market skills to employers.

Douglas Howse
Certified Public Health Inspector
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Douglas studied Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry: Nutrition), Sociology with Memorial University, Bachelor of Applied Science, Environmental Health (Public Health) with Ryerson University as well as a Certificate in Health and Safety with Ryerson University. He is a Certified Public Health Inspector (Canada) with experience in environmental health, tobacco control, health promotion, chronic disease management, and policy and program development.
Specialties: Public Health, Environmental Health, Tobacco Control, Nutrition, Health Promotion, Policy and Program Development, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management.

Justin So
Biologist and Science Communicator
Amec Foster Wheeler

Justin studied a Bachelor of Science, Biology with Memorial University, a Master of Science in Marine Biology and a Graduate diploma in Science Communication. Justin is a Biologist in marine and freshwater environmental research with a background in science communications. His diverse experience and education provides him with the tools to collect and analyze data and report results to a variety of stakeholders. He has been involved in writing technical reports on topics including biological, environmental, and socio-environmental studies. His science communications experience includes translating science to the public through exhibits, articles, presentations, and educational programming.

Tim Oram
Software Developer- Tech Professional 2
Amec Foster Wheeler
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Forecast Production System

My primary focus was leading a team in the planning, architecture and development of a forecast production system used by meteorologists to view weather data and issue forecasts. This required gathering of requirements from clients, providing a development plan to management, programming and providing weekly status updates to the client.

Developer Tools

When I first started work at the company there was little development support systems in place. There was a basic bug tracker and a monolithic Subversion repository that wasn't universally used by all developers. Not wanting to work in these conditions, I spearheaded the introduction of proper version control practices, peer review, automated testing and issue tracking.

Support Systems

While working on the forecast production system, I occasionally developed systems that supported the processing large amounts of meteorological model data. I also helped administer a small Linux computing cluster and various servers on Amazon AWS.


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