Jacqueline Barnett, OC Alumna
Starting in science at OC propel alumni to success

April 30, 2021

As the world continues to navigate life in a pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that science matters. High school students approaching graduation and pondering their future, may be considering a career in this field, but knowing what area to specialize in can be a challenging decision with so many options. Okanagan College alumna Jacqueline Barnett started her journey in sciences through the College’s Associate of Science degree program. She’s now chasing her dreams, following not just her head and her heart, but also her gut, as s...

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Kinesiology student Kurt Albrechtsen
Meet Kurt Albrechtsen, Kinesiology student

March 4, 2021

Q: What’s your hometown? A: I’m from Williams Lake, located in the Cariboo region. Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College? A: I originally made my choice to come to OC by the recommendation of a friend who had attended previously and had a wonderful experience here. Q: How did you choose your program? A:  After playing rugby and soccer all through my life, and having experienced injuries from both, as well as other activities like mountain biking and boxing, I found that it was...

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Kinesiology alumnus Jordan Boultbee, during his time as a Penticton Vees hockey player.
Meet Jordan Boultbee, Kinesiology student

February 9, 2021

Q: What’s your hometown? A: Penticton, British Columbia. Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College? A: I first began at Okanagan College, back in 2013 the year following my graduation. I was playing junior hockey for the Penticton Vees, but wanted to keep my mind sharp, so I enrolled in a few college-level courses. I returned to Okanagan College around 2015 in the Trades program, before finally realizing my passion and enrolling in the Human Kinetics program in 2018. Q: How did you...

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Kinesiology alumnus Ty Sideroff stands with his mountain bike with Skaha Lake in the view behind.
Meet Ty Sideroff, Kinesiology student

February 9, 2021

Q: What’s your hometown? A: I was born and raised in Summerland. Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College? A: Exiting high school, I was unsure of what I wanted to do. I felt that the Okanagan College in Penticton was a low-risk, high-reward option. Staying local was important to me, but it was also hard to argue with small class sizes, hands-on labs and affordable tuition. Q: How did you choose your program? A: I’ve always been fascinated by the human body and how it works. The ...

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Concentration in Data Science and Statistics
Concentration in Data Science and Statistics
The Concentration in Data Science and Statistics provides students with skills in applied Data Science and applied Statistics. Students develop competence in areas such as data visualization, machine ...
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Engineering Technology students Chase Seale and Myles Derksen
College spotlights new Common First-Year Engineering and other tech programs via virtual info session

June 15, 2020

Future engineers and technologists take note: Okanagan College is opening up a new pathway to engineering next year, and in the meantime is opening students’ eyes to other technologies careers in high demand. The College will welcome its first intake of students to its new Common First-Year Engineering (CFYE) program in Fall of 2021. The one-year CFYE certificate provides a comprehensive applied science foundation and sets students up to transfer into second-year university engineering studies. Students will complete courses in a variety of...

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Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Marketing and Data Analytics
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Marketing and Data Analytics
Take your marketing or science degree to the next level with classes focusing on the mathematical and statistical foundations of marketing and data science.
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Common First Year Engineering Certificate
Common First Year Engineering Certificate
Develop a base knowledge of engineering while investigating complex problems and designing solutions in this one-year Applied Science certificate program.
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Students competing at RoboCup Jr.
Okanagan College spotlights STEM education and career paths in Feb and March

February 13, 2020

What do soccer-playing robots, spaghetti bridges and soaring aviators have in common? Over the next month, Okanagan College will be opening its doors to elementary, middle and high school students to attend a series of events aimed at encouraging young people to step into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). “We want learners of all ages to hear the message that there has never been a better time to get into technology careers. There is a very real need for skilled workers in everything from animation to electronic, civil, net...

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The Penticton crater on Mars has seasonal ice, as shown in this NASA photo
Physics and Astronomy professor explores what life is like in Penticton (on Mars)

January 16, 2020

Ryan Ransom is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Okanagan College in Penticton. OCLife asked him a few questions about the Penticton crater on Mars, and in general, how a day in the life in the crater would compare to life in its namesake of Penticton, B.C. Q.  What are you teaching this term? A.   In the winter semester, I teach the second parts of the first-year physics and astronomy courses in Penticton, and a second-year course called "History of the Univer...

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department welcome

Mathematics uncovers hidden patterns that shape our understanding of the world. It is present in everyday life, whether you need to calculate how long it will take you to get somewhere, determine the value of an investment, calculate the area under a curve or determine the probability of winning the lottery. 

Careers in Mathematics and Statistics

Wondering what you can do with studies in mathematics and statistics? Whether you study pure mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics, there are many options available to graduates:

  • Cipher Expert
  • Cryptologist
  • Clinical Trials Statistician
  • Data Analyst
  • Investment Actuary
  • Program Analyst
  • Risk Management Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistical Analyst
  • University professor

Associate of Science Degree

Transfer into third year of university studies at most institution after completing the Associate of Science Degree, with an emphasis in Mathematics and Statistics. 

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Marketing and Data Analytics

Take your business or science degree to the next level with classes focusing on the mathematical and statistical foundations of marketing and data science.

Explore our courses

Learn how to analyze problems and formulate them in mathematical terms to provide solutions in support of research, development or decision making. 

Meet our faculty

Joe Hobart

Chair - Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Business Building 228
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4402
Math Department - Joe Hobart

Credentials:
PhD, Mathematics, SFU
MSc, Mathematics, UNBC
BSc, Mathematics and Economics, UNBC

Douglas Birtwistle

Mathematics
Office: Lab Building 179
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4337
Math Department - Doug Birtwistle

The thrill I receive from instructing at the College is that I have the pleasure of teaching applied mathematics to Engineering and Business students, all of whom are motivated to learn and explore the applications of Mathematics. I like numbers, and I like money. As a result, I am a Trustee on the College Pension Plan Board, and I am currently Treasurer for the Okanagan College Faculty Association.

I began my teaching career at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. I have been teaching Mathematics and Statistics at Okanagan College for the past 25 years. Outside of teaching, I enjoy long hikes, long road bike trips, long road trips of any kind and golf. Exploring and adventure should never end, and as I near retirement, I plan to take advantage of the extra time I will have, even if it means less time to enjoy teaching our wonderful students.

Credentials:
BEd, Mathematics and Physics
BSc, Mathematics

Stephen Brown

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Lab Building 104
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4782
Math Department - Stephen Brown

Credentials:
MSc, Mathematics, UBC
BSc, Mathematics and Computer Science, UBC

Julian Buck

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Faculty Office 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445

Norman Corbett

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Business Building 226
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4320

Joya Danyluk

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Lab Building 345
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4176
Math Department - Joya Danyluk

My teaching philosophy starts with my heart for people and my desire to create an environment where every person feels heard, valued and understood. From there, I have the privilege of bringing my passion for mathematics to every class. I love sharing my excitement of mathematics with my students. I aim to create a classroom with intentional space and time for students to try out and discuss new concepts, as well as pick my brain and the brains of their peers. I encourage questions as they allow me to see where the students are at and generally challenge me to be a better educator. My hope is that when students complete a class with me, they leave seeing the beauty of the mathematics that is all around them. More importantly, however, I hope that they leave my classroom feeling like the valued member that they are within our OC family.

Credentials:
MSc, Mathematics

Bevan Ferreira

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Lab Building 227
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4371

Formerly a college professor at Selkirk College, I returned to take a second MSc (MPhimac) at McMaster, with David Lozinski and Tom Hurd. Having spent several years in the exciting field of financial risk analytics and measurement, derivatives pricing, and credit risk for OTC derivatives trading, I have returned to my first passion - teaching and mentoring the next generation of thought leaders, researchers, and managers, in Mathematics, Statistics and Data Science. I was very fortunate to have had incredible opportunities in banking, financial regulation and consulting. I consider it a great privilege and honour to now be able to give something back, and work with the incredible staff, professionals and students at OC.

Credentials:
MSc, Pure Mathematics, Carleton
MSc, Mathematical Finance, McMaster

Scott Heard

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Business Building 119
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4794

Credentials:
MSc, Mathematics, University of Victoria

Jennifer Hobart

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Main Building C307
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2355
Math Department - Jennifer Hobart

Credentials:
MSc, Mathematics and Statistics, UBC
BSc, Mathematics and Statistics (Honours), UBC
BSc, Computer Science (Honours), UBC

Claude Hurtubise

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Business Building 225
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4384

Emelie Lee

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Lab Building 104
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4358
Math Department - Emelie Lee

I teach a variety of Math and Stats courses, and I love my job!

Credentials:
MSc, Interdisciplinary Studies (Statistics), UBC Okanagan
BSc, Mathematics (Statistics concentration), UBC Okanagan

Dr. Paul Lee

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Business Building 225
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4697

Received my BSc in Mathematics in 2009 and then did graduate work in algebraic number theory under the supervision of the late Dr. Blair Spearman until 2017.

Credentials:
PhD, MSc, BSc, Mathematics, UBC.

Dr. Brian May

Mathematics and Statistics / Physics and Astronomy
Office: Salmon Arm Building 116
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8212
Math Department - Brian May

Christine Melin

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Salmon Arm Building 211
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 8218
Physics Department - Chris Melin

I grew up in the UK and attended both the University of Kent in Canterbury and the University of Bristol. After leaving university, I taught high school physics, chemistry and physical education for 8 years before moving to Canada. I was then fortunate enough to get a position at the College. I teach first year physics labs and first year math and statistics lectures. I love the challenge of teaching these courses, and spending time with students helps to keep me young at heart!

Credentials:
BSc, Chemical Physics, Kent, Canterbury
PGCE, Bristol

Bryan Penfound

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Sunoka Building 010
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3253
Math Department - Bryan Penfound

Winner of the Strong Start Faculty Award (2018), and organizer of the Spring into Math event on Penticton campus, I believe in an organic approach to changing the culture of mathematics. With a firm base in cognitive psychology and cognitive load theory, I employ these methods in the classroom; as well as in workshops designed for educational assistants, home-learners and elementary/secondary students. I have presented research findings in mathematics education and cognitive load theory across Canada and internationally.

Credentials:
MSc, Mathematics, University of Manitoba
MMT, University of Waterloo

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Dr. Lindsey Reinholz

Mathematics and Statistics / Physics and Astronomy
Office: Lab Building 345
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4179
Physics Department - Lindsey Reinholz

I am a Professor at Okanagan College in Kelowna, where I have been a faculty member since 2017. I teach in both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I am a life-long resident of the Okanagan and completed my Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Mathematics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics at UBC Okanagan. I am passionate about mathematics and physics, and especially about teaching. I endeavor to make each class that I teach engaging and memorable for students by presenting the material in unique and unforgettable ways.

Credentials:
PhD, Mathematics, UBC
MSc, Mathematics, UBC
BSc, Mathematics Major and Physics Minor, UBC

Jason Schaad

Mathematics & Statistics
Office: Main Building D352
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2252

Credentials:
MSc, Mathematics, UBC
MA, Leadership and Administration, Gonzaga

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Leslie Shayer

Mathematics & Statistics
Office: Lab Building 227
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4371
STH - Math & Statistics - Leslie Shayer

Shortly after receiving my Master’s in Math in 1998, I began teaching Math and Stats at various post-secondary institutions, in both English and French. Since I began at Okanagan College in 2006, I have met many wonderful people – students, staff, and faculty members alike. In 2018, I began my Master’s in Arts in Education at UBC Okanagan. My research involves examining the effects of contemplative practices on math anxiety in an effort to improve student success and increase math self-efficacy. I am grateful for the opportunities offered by the College and look forward to continuing on this learning journey.

Credentials:
MMath, Applied Math, UWaterloo
MA, Education, UBC (Candidate)

Dr. Shaun Strohm

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Lab Building 104
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4707
Math Department - Shaun Strohm

I received my PhD in Mathematics at UBC Okanagan in the field of Mathematical Biology. My project was to model the spread and management of Mountain Pine Beetle in Banff National Park. I enjoy teaching a wide variety of Mathematics and Statistics courses here at the college. When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing sports and doing outdoor activities with my family.

Credentials:
PhD, Mathematics, UBC Okanagan
Bsc (Honours), Mathematics, UBC Okanagan

Satoshi Tomoda

Mathematics and Statistics
Office: Business Building 216D
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4645

Credentials:
PhD, Mathematics, University of Calgary

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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Explore how things work and approach the world’s problems analytically.

Associate of Science Degree

Complete up to two years of studies in sciences at Okanagan College, which you can transfer to a university of your choice.

Explore our courses

Find out how things work and tailor your learning to focus on synthesizing information and problem solving with an analytical eye.

Meet our faculty

Robert Stutz

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Sunoka Building 011
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3318

I joined the Physics and Astronomy Department at Okanagan College in September, 2014.

Credentials:
MSc, Interdisciplinary Studies (Astrophysics), UBC Okanagan
BSc (Hons), Physics, UBC Okanagan

Dr. Terry Bridges

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Lab Building 173
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4484
Physics Department - Terry Bridges

I have been an astronomy researcher in France, England, and Australia. My astronomy research interests are in early-type galaxies, and objects in our outer solar system. I have taught physics and astronomy as an adjunct at Queen's University, online astronomy, and high school in Ontario and Istanbul. I currently teach university transfer courses in physics and astronomy at Okanagan College, and am the Chair of the OCFA's Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee. I enjoy astronomy and physics outreach, and am also involved in social justice and sustainability initiatives at the College and in the Kelowna community.

Credentials:
PhD, Education, Queen's University
BEd, Education, Queen's University
PhD, Astrophysics, Queen's University
MSc, Astrophysics, Queen's University
BSc, Physics, University of Alberta

Dr. Kevin Douglas

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Lab Building 277
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4268
Physics Department - Kevin Douglas

I grew up in the Okanagan, left for university, and came back 20 years later, having achieved my goal of being a professional radio astronomer. On the way I lived in interesting places like California, England, and Puerto Rico. I joined Okanagan College in 2013.

Credentials:
PhD, Physics (Specialization in Radio Astronomy), University of Calgary

Dr. Brian May

Mathematics and Statistics / Physics and Astronomy
Office: Salmon Arm Building 116
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8212
Math Department - Brian May

Christine Melin

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Salmon Arm Building 211
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 8218
Physics Department - Chris Melin

I grew up in the UK and attended both the University of Kent in Canterbury and the University of Bristol. After leaving university, I taught high school physics, chemistry and physical education for 8 years before moving to Canada. I was then fortunate enough to get a position at the College. I teach first year physics labs and first year math and statistics lectures. I love the challenge of teaching these courses, and spending time with students helps to keep me young at heart!

Credentials:
BSc, Chemical Physics, Kent, Canterbury
PGCE, Bristol

Dr. Nicole Prent

Physics and Astronomy
Office: Main Building C331
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2228
Physics Department - Nicole Prent

Credentials:
PhD, Biological Physics, UofT

Dr. Ryan Ransom

Physics & Astronomy
Office: Sunoka Building 012
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3273

 

I received my PhD in Astrophysics from York University (Toronto) in 2003. My thesis focused on observational support of NASA’s Gravity Probe B (GP-B) mission. I continued with GP-B as a postdoc between 2003 and 2006, working with radio astronomy groups at York University and the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I moved to Penticton in 2007 to join the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey team at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO). I started a continuing faculty position at Okanagan College in August 2008. I maintain a Visiting Scientist position at DRAO, studying, when time permits, old planetary nebulae.

Credentials:
PhD, Astrophysics, York University
MSc, Astrophysics, York University
BSc, Space and Communications Sciences, York University

Dr. Lindsey Reinholz

Mathematics and Statistics / Physics and Astronomy
Office: Lab Building 345
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4179
Physics Department - Lindsey Reinholz

I am a Professor at Okanagan College in Kelowna, where I have been a faculty member since 2017. I teach in both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I am a life-long resident of the Okanagan and completed my Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in Mathematics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics at UBC Okanagan. I am passionate about mathematics and physics, and especially about teaching. I endeavor to make each class that I teach engaging and memorable for students by presenting the material in unique and unforgettable ways.

Credentials:
PhD, Mathematics, UBC
MSc, Mathematics, UBC
BSc, Mathematics Major and Physics Minor, UBC

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Department of Computer Science

Master technical aspects of computer information systems, including software development, database systems and systems analysis. Learn to develop software for computers, websites and mobile applications. Collect and manage data to design models for technological solutions. Perform systems and object-oriented analysis, and collaborate with a team of students on real-world projects and challenges.

Bachelor of Computer Information Systems

Concentrate on areas of computing such as software design and development, database systems and general studies, while developing a broad knowledge of computing.

Computer Information Systems Diploma

Get an introduction to various areas of computing, specifically to work in entry-level positions within an organization or business.

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science Degree is the umbrella program for university transfer courses in science. Complete up to two years of studies, then transfer to a university of your choice with a Computer Science emphasis.

Explore our courses

Search for courses that are available in Computer Information Systems.

Meet our faculty

Dr. Jim Nastos

Chair - Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 318
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4704
Computer Science - Jim Nastos

Credentials:
PhD, Computer Science and Mathematics, UBCO
MSc, Computing Science, University of Alberta
BEd, Secondary Mathematics, UBC
BMath, Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo

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Arthur Boehm

Computer Science
Office: Main Building D368
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2243

Kenneth Chidlow

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 317
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4634

Credentials:
MSc, Computer Science, SFU

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Sarah Foss

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 317
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4634

Matthew Fritter

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 314
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4727

Alan Kennedy

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 319
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4297
Alan Kennedy

Credentials:
MSc IS, Athabasca University
BEng and MEng, McMaster University
BSc, University of Toronto

Dr. Youry Khmelevsky

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 321
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4741
Computer Science - Youry Khmelevsky

I am a Professor in the Computer Science department at Okanagan College since 2005. I was a Chair of the Department since June 2015 for 3 years. I have a Ph.D. in computer science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with distinctions (GPA 99%). I also completed a post-doctoral study in the United States at Harvard University in 1997. I was a visiting scientist at Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in August 2010 for 12 months and at LIP6, Sorbonne University, Paris, France, in August 2018 for 12 months as well.

Credentials:
PhD, Computer Science, KPI

Matthias Koch

Computer Science
Office: Faculty Office 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4704
Computer Science - Matthias Koch

Mark Lin

Computer Science
Office: Lab Building 330B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4497

Daniel Ling

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 313
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4405

Vsevolod Lynov

Computer Science
Office: Faculty Office 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4175

Credentials:
MCS, Computer Science, BGKU

Dr. Olga Sediako

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 314
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4113

Upon completion of my doctorate degree in automatic control systems, I started my career more than 20 years ago as an industrial engineer responsible for optimal control system development in metallurgical industries. After spending a number of years in engineering R&D, I moved to software development, software engineering, database application development for private industries in Ontario and later switched my professional interests to education. My long career in education has been quite diverse, including teaching in high schools, college setting, and academia. I am currently a professor of computer science department of Okanagan College, delivering courses in programming, object oriented analysis and design, and user experience.

Credentials:
PhD, Engineering, Belarussian National Technical University
B. Engineering, Honours, magna cum laude, Belarussian National Technical University
B. Education, Math/Computer Science, University of Ottawa

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Deb Warren

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 315
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4389

Credentials:
MA Education, UBC

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Department of Chemistry

From rare earth metals in your smart phone screen, to organic compounds that build all living things, discover how atoms, molecules and ions interact to make up the world around us.

Associate of Science Degree

An Associate of Science Degree will give you direct transfer to third year studies at many universities.

Explore our courses

Explore Chemistry courses available at Okanagan College.

Meet our faculty

Leonard Lermer

Chair - Chemistry
Office: Lab Building 289
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4643

Sydney Acton

Chemistry
Office: Faculty Office 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445

My specialization is organic chemistry and chemical biology. I have 5 years of research experience in the field and have been teaching chemistry labs for 5 years as well. I grew up here in the Okanagan where I completed my BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at UBC Okanagan. I'm so happy to be back home and teaching Chemistry at OC!

Credentials:
MSc, Chemistry, University of Ottawa
BSc (Hons), Chemistry, UBC Okanagan

Kerry Davie

Chemistry
Office: Lab Building 368A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4728

Credentials:
MSc, Chemistry, UM

Dr. Carl Doige

Chemistry
Office: Main Building D366
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2286

Although my initial career goal was to work as an academic researcher, various life influences brought me to my first real job as a teacher at the high school level in an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. After eleven years, I moved back to Canada and was fortunate to join the Chemistry Department at Okanagan College in 2005. Now having taught science for over a quarter century, I continue to be curious about and humbled by the art and science of learning and teaching.

Credentials:
PhD, Biochemistry, University of Guelph
BSc, Chemistry, McGill University
Dipl. Ed., McGill University

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Dr. Richard Federley

Chemistry
Office: Lab Building 290B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4335

Credentials:
PhD, Chemistry, WSU

Terry Heidt

Chemistry
Office: Faculty Office 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4978

I have worked in a variety of laboratory and research settings: as a research analyst for NovaBioMed Inc. in Kentville, NS (2005-2006), as a genetics researcher for a group at UBC (2007), as a quality control technician for Ashland chemicals in Winfield, B.C. (2007-2008), and as a chemical technologist at Suncor Energy in Fort McMurray, AB (2008-2009). I taught chemistry at the University of Alberta as a laboratory instructor and help-session tutor (2010-2011). A significant portion of my research involved the chemical synthesis of model asphaltenes in an organic/inorganic research group. I have been a chemistry professor at Okanagan College since 2018.

 

Credentials:
MSc, Chemistry, University of Alberta
BHK, Human Kinetics, UBC
BSc, Chemistry and Physics, OUC

Alan Ilicic

Chemistry
Office: Sunoka Building A06B
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3222

My research background is centered on electrochemical technologies such as fuel cells and batteries. I spent six months conducting research in Germany in 2008 and have published my research in several peer-reviewed publications as well as international conference presentations.

 

Credentials:
PhD, Electrochemical Engineering, UBC Vancouver

Jasmine Korcok

Chemistry
Office: Lab Building 344G
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4851

I did my B.Sc. (Chemistry) at the University of Guelph and M.Sc. at SFU, where I studied thermal expansion properties of d10 dicyanometallate coordination polymers under the supervision of Prof. Danny Leznoff. I have been teaching since 2011 and became a professor at Okanagan College in 2013. I am passionate about helping students understand challenging chemical concepts and develop important transferable skills. I love nature so I enjoy activities that get me outside in my free time, like hiking and cross-country skiing. I am an enthusiastic birdwatcher and will be on Extended Study Leave in 2020-2021 to study ornithology.

Credentials:
MSc, Inorganic Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
BSc, Chemistry, University of Guelph

Scott Richardson

Chemistry
Office: Main Building D354
Campus: Vernon

Dr. Nancy Telford

Chemistry
Office: Sunoka Building C17
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445

Credentials:
Ph.D., Biology, University of Southern California

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Department of Biology

Discover the living world around you in studies focusing on all levels of biology, from molecules to organisms to ecosystems – and everything in between.

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science provides an easy transfer option for upper-level university programs, as well as a stand-alone credential. Complete the two years and 60 credits of specific requirements for the Associate of Science Degree, and you could transfer directly to third year of study at any B.C. university.

Explore our courses

Biology course offerings include but are not limited to: genetics, ecology, microbiology, botany and zoology.

Faculty and instructors

Stacey Sakakibara

Chair - Biology
Office: Lab Building 368B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4301
Biology Instructor Stacey Sakakibara

 

I am proud to be a former Okanagan College student, and feel extremely fortunate to be working and teaching in the same environment that provided me with such a strong start in science. In research, I have used DNA to identify plants, forest fungi and wine yeasts, and spent some time characterizing protein markers for brain tumours. At OC I teach Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology and Microbiology; a collection of courses which provide endless opportunities for me to learn about new discoveries in biology along with my students.

Credentials:
MSc, Genetics, UBC

Dr. Kathy Bockhold

Biology
Office: Lab Building 224
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4542
Biology - Kathy Bockhold

After completing a BSc and MSc at UBC it was time to try something new and get out of the rain. I enjoyed just a year in Montreal before having an opportunity to finish my PhD at the Pasteur Institut and a post-doc in London. They were fantastic experiences, academically and culturally. Since then I have worked at the Terry Fox Labs and in Ottawa for Ron Worton but I have to say living and working in the Okanagan is special. I love the weather, culture and it suits my hobbies (horseback riding, hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing). At OC I teach first year, specializing in Anatomy & Physiology, and second year Microbiology and Pathophysiology.

Credentials:
PhD, Anatomy, Pasteur Institute/McGill University

Bruce Campbell

Biology
Office: Lab Building 290A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4784

Credentials:
MSc, Forest Biology and Management, University of Alberta
BSc, Biology, UBC

Dr. Julia Dais

Biology
Office: Lab Building 240A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4690
Biology Instructor Julie Dais

Credentials:
PhD, University of Calgary
BSc, Zoology

Dale Donovan

Biology
Office: Lab Building 158A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4705

Dr. Cameron Egan

Biology
Office: Lab Building 158A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4521
Biology Instructor Egan Cameron

I am a microbial ecologist interested in plant associated fungal symbionts. My research focuses primarily on the symbiosis between mycorrhizal fungi and plants, examining both fundamental and applied aspects of the mycorrhizal symbiosis. Because of the complexity of mycorrhizal interactions, my research borrows techniques from disparate scientific fields including mycology, botany, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, community ecology, and statistical modeling. Throughout my career I have developed a passion for engaging and mentoring the next generation of scientists, which has led me back Okanagan College where I began my post-secondary education. My teaching focuses include botany, ecology, microbiology, and introductory biology.
 

Credentials:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Botany/Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaiʼi at Mānoa
PhD, Biology, University of British Columbia
BSc, Biology, University of British Columbia

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Dr. Carson Keever

Biology
Office: Lab Building 215
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4521

My main interest is teaching biology and I enjoy helping students prepare for a career in this field. I try to utilize my experience in research, teaching, and environmental consulting to create learning environments that foster skills essential for a successful career in many biology related disciplines.

Credentials:
PhD, Biology, Simon Fraser University
BSc, Biology, University of California Davis

Dr. Megan Lewis

Biology
Office: Centre of Excellence 234
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3269
Biology Instructor Megan Lewis

I enjoy teaching in the sciences because it provides me with an opportunity to translate the fascinating world around us.

Credentials:
PhD, Neuroscience, University of Calgary
MSc, Medical Sciences, University of Calgary
BSc, Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University

Sharon Mansiere

Biology
Office: Ashnola Building 106
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-490-3955 ext. 3234

Dr. Morgan Martin

Biology
Office: Lab Building 158A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4249
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In high school I was captivated by the HIV replication cycle. I chose to attend UBC for their microbiology & immunology cooperative education program. For my PhD, I investigated how two hepatitis C virus proteins interact to produce an active enzyme. This work included development of a novel cell-based fluorescent assay for protease activity. In my post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School, I studied an intramembrane protease that is important in Alzheimer’s disease and its bacterial homolog. I enjoy teaching and have so far taught a great variety of courses offered in first and second year here at OC.

Credentials:
PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, UBC
BSc, Microbiology & Immunology, UBC

Dr. Michael Mitsch

Biology
Office: Salmon Arm Building 117
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8217
Biology Instructor Mike Mitsch

My graduate research was on the genetics, gene expression and biochemistry of Rhizobium sp. as it pertains to symbiotic nitrogen fixation. As a post-doctoral research fellow with Agriculture Canada my project concerned microbial nitrogen cycling in agricultural soils and biocontrol. At Okanagan College, my research involved greenhouse crop production under extreme environmental conditions. I teach first year biology and anatomy and physiology courses and second year courses primarily in genetics, microbiology, and molecular biology.

Credentials:
PhD, McMaster University
MSc, Biology, University of Calgary
BSc, Celluar, Molecular and Microbial Biology, University of Calgary

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Erin Radomske

Biology
Office: Lab Building 215
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4485
Biology Instructor Erin Radomske

I primarily teach the biology courses for the Water Engineering Technology program (Environmental Biology, Water and Wastewater Microbiology, Freshwater Plants and Animals, and Limnological Methods). My BSc was in Freshwater Science from the former Okanagan University College and my MSc focused on bacterioplankton and phytoplankton in lakes. I recently completed a post-graduate diploma in Sanitary Engineering from IHE Delft. Also, I can change from high heels to hip waders in under a minute!

Credentials:
MSc, Environmental Science, UNBC
Post-Graduate Diploma, Sanitary Engineering, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
BSc, Freshwater Science, OUC

Sandra Rosenberg

Biology
Office: Centre of Excellence 236
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3229

During my undergrad, I was fortunate to work in multiple research labs that provided both field and lab experience. My MSc involved studying chironomids and pollen in lake sediments as predictors of palaeoenvironmental conditions. Following my MSc, I taught invertebrate biology and population ecology labs at Langara College, where my academic interests expanded to include human biology. At OC, I specialize in teaching Anatomy & Physiology and Limnology. I love sharing my passion and enthusiasm for the living world with students. Outside of work, I can be found spending my summers in the lake or photographing something beautiful in nature.

Credentials:
MSc, Biological Sciences, SFU
BSc, General Science, OUC

Nusrat Urmi

Biology
Office: Lab Building 158A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4756
Biology Instructor Nusrat Urmi

I teach Human Anatomy and Physiology along with other first-year biology courses at Okanagan College. I completed my MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UBCO. I have another Master's degree in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. My research interests focus on the virulence of water pathogens. I have the experience of working with Cryptosporidium and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Teaching is my passion and I taught Microbiology at Stamford University Bangladesh for 6 years before joining OC.

Credentials:
MSc, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBCO
MSc, Microbiology, University of Dhaka
BSc, Microbiology, University of Dhaka

Dr. Matthew Waterhouse

Biology
Office: Lab Building 158A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4785

Credentials:
PhD, Biology, UBC

Dr. Bryan White

Biology
Office: Salmon Arm Building 117
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 2364
Biology Instructor Bryan White

My PhD (Memorial University) and post-doc (Texas A&M University) focused on the signals regulating muscle contraction, placental/vascular development, and labour. At OC I have focused on biology course/lab development, as well as continued collaboration with colleagues from prior institutions. My education instilled in me a love of anatomy/physiology, and of teaching biology in general, that drives my current work at the college. My teaching focus is primarily anatomy and physiology and first year courses for science and arts students, which gives me the opportunity to shape the minds of students; hopefully sparking a love of science in them as well.

Credentials:
PhD, Medicine, Memorial University
MEd, Post-secondary Education, Memorial University
BSc, Biochemistry, Memorial University

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