Friday, June 17, 2016

Access support for applied research projects on the college’s website

One of the Key Directions of Okanagan College's new strategic plan is Excelling in Teaching, Programming, and Applied Research. Okanagan College continues to advance its applied research agenda, thanks to the inspired work of employees and students across its campuses and learning centres.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Employment Opportunity in Computer Science Department

The Computer Science Department is hiring a Full-time Term College Professor to teach a variety of courses within the Computer Information Systems / Bachelor of Computer Information Systems program for the Fall 2016, and Winter 2017 semesters. The successful candidate will have an industry background, a foundational knowledge of the computer science and information technology fields, and related teaching experience.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Rick Gee to be honoured for distinguished service

Longtime former employee Rick Gee will receive Okanagan College’s Distinguished Service award at the Summer Convocation ceremony on June 29 in Kelowna in recognition of the contributions he made during his 30-year career.

Gee, former Chair of Okanagan College’s Education Council and longtime professor of Computer Science, has left an indelible mark on the institution’s curriculum and program development after dedicating more than three decades to supporting students and enhancing academic standards.

President Jim Hamilton, whose career with the College began just five year prior to Gee’s, recalls him as a cornerstone of the institution.

“Rick’s contribution to Okanagan College has been immense,” says Hamilton. “His name was synonymous with Education Council and in that role he became the keeper of educational quality in programming. He has done much to build the institution’s reputation for academic excellence.”

Gee joined the College on July 26, 1985 as a College Professor of Computer Science. Throughout his tenure at the College he served as department chair on three separate occasions, contributing 17 years altogether in the role.
He was elected to the College’s Education Council, the body that is responsible for setting curriculum content, academic standards and policies, eventually becoming Chair in 2008.

Gee was responsible for the development of two degree programs during his time at Okanagan College and Okanagan University College, the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He was also the 2013 recipient of the Career Achievement award at the College’s Employee Excellence recognition ceremony.

With 30 years of experiences to reflect upon, Gee says his most memorable moments at the College occurred in the classroom.

“My favourite part was the teaching,” says Gee. “Seeing the light bulbs go on is something that brought me a lot of joy. I also worked with some very interesting and intelligent people over the years.”

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

IEEEVancouver Section AGM and Gala 2016

Dr. Youry Khmelevsky wins two awards for his significant contribution at the 2016 edition IEEE Vancouver Section’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Gala event held on March 2016.

The 2016 edition IEEE Vancouver Section's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Gala event was held on 24th March 2016. The event was well represented by sponsor's representatives, professionals from industry, academics and student community totaling 106 people.

Beyond conducting the official business of the Section, the AGM & Gala provides an opportunity for recognizing and honoring outstanding individuals and groups within the Section.

The IEEE Vancouver Section recognized several volunteers for their significant contribution including Dr. Youry Khmelevsky who won the following two awards:

1. Outstanding Small Technical Chapter - Okanagan Subsection

2. Outstanding Volunteer

March 30, 2016

College budget hits $100M

March 24, 2016

Students Sarah Foss and Paige Tyler win the 2016 CIS Award!

CIS Award Presentation March 2016

$750,000 Project is led by Okanagan College Computer Science Department Chair Dr. Youry Khmelevsky 

Already a leader in its niche in the multi-billion dollar global gaming industry, Kelowna’s WTFast sees a track to growth, with applied research as a vital component of the fuel to take it there.

That is one of the reasons the company, a private gaming network provider, is matching an investment by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in an Okanagan College research project that aims to improve action-to-reaction communication for gamers across the world. Each of the three organizations are contributing to the $750,000 project which is led by Okanagan College Computer Science department Chair Dr. Youry Khmelevsky.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

IEEXtreme Programming Competition

IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE Member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Okanagan College Computer Science Students Participate in IEEXtreme Programming Competition

12 Computer Science students participated in the competition in four teams of 3 students each. They were among 1928 participating teams and more than 6,400 students world wide. It's certainly a notable achievement to have placed where they did for the first time participating! 


Rank  Name   University Country  Region  Region Rank Country Rank University Rank  Top%
 484 COSCOkanagan4  OC  Canada  7 25 25  25%
 726  COSCOkanagan1  OC Canada  7 41 41 2  38%
 1050 COSCOkanagan2 OC Canada  7 52 52 3  54%
 1220 COSCOkanagan3 OC Canada  56  56 4  63%

Participating Students:

Name   Degree  Year   Name  Degree   Year
 Khalid Almutiri  BCIS  4 Rob Bro  CIS 1
 Daniel Atkinson  BCIS  3 Bryan Bergen CIS 2
 Kutz Fitz  BCIS  3 Logan Geefs CIS 1
 Sarah Foss  BCIS  1     Kevin Hall  CIS  1
 Corey Frank  BCIS  4 Nick McDonald  BCIS 4
Luke Mitton  BCIS  1 Martin Wallace  BCIS 1

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Okanagan College Computer Science Students Participate in ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)

Three Okanagan College Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS) degree student teams placed in the top third of their divisions at the grueling Pacific NW Region Programming Contest of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) held in Vancouver on Nov. 14. The competition is considered the premiere global programming competition and the students competed against 133 teams including renowned universities Berkeley and Stanford.

Inspired by their first-ever entry results the seven Okanagan College students are now more determined than ever and are eager to keep the training up to boost their standing next year.

First-year BCIS students Sarah Foss and Robbie Bro credit team work as the strongest asset in tackling the 11-problem set that comprised the competition. Most other teams had three members, but two of the OC teams only had two members. Each team had only one computer to share and were able to work only with paper resources (access to the Internet and tech tools such as calculators and smartphones was not allowed) to write complete software program codes for each problem to come to an exact output solution, within a set amount of time. They admit it was as daunting as it sounds.

“We’re only in our first semester of our first year, we sort of went in blind compared to some of the other teams who have courses designed to train specifically for this competition,” said Bro, pleased with the standing his team achieved despite the odds.

As a father to six kids, Bro saw the career training value in competing.

“The problems could easily be the software requests that clients could have. It was a chance to hone our skills to be fast and efficient,” he said.

The teams worked with volunteer coaches Dr. Youry Khmelevsky, OC’s Department Chair, and Instructor Kenneth Chidlow in their spare time to get up to speed as best as possible.

“The competition definitely increased my knowledge 10-fold,”said Foss. “When you work in a competitive environment to find different solutions, you strive to learn more, and fast.”

Chidlow agrees: “The students’ programming skills upon returning to the classroom were certainly fast-tracked. They now display knowledge of some of the second-year curriculum,” he said.

This was the first year OC teams participated in the event,representing the only Canadian College team in the Pacific Northwest Division.In the hopes to increase students’ success at the competition for years to come, Dr. Youry Khmelevsky hopes to be able to implement mini-competitions and training schedules to give students extra time to practice.

The students also have established an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch, newly approved by the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Department, N.J., USA, to support OC students in participating in competitions including both for training and fundraising initiatives.

A testament to their dedication to learn beyond the classroom, when asking Foss, Bro, and their teammates if next year’s OC teams will make the top 10, the student voices around the room resounded with “oh yes,” “for sure,” and “definitely.”


Last updated: 2016 06 17