Jason Tinker

Computer Engineering, graduated with a BEng in May 2021

Jason Tinker stands outside with a harbour, trees and buildings in the background.
Jason Tinker says the best aspect of his time at UVic was being part of a great friend group whose members supported each other throughout their degrees.

Jason Tinker is the winner of the 2021 IEEE Victoria Section Gold Medal in Computer Engineering. He shares a few thoughts as he embarks on the next phase of his journey.

Thoughts about graduating: I am very excited to be graduating. After a long six years it’s nice to not have to worry about homework anymore. Sure, the future is a little fuzzier than it’s been in the past, but now I can actually begin my career doing something I love.

Message to fellow grads: Make sure you celebrate. It doesn’t need to be anything crazy, but this is a big moment and just because there’s a pandemic going on doesn’t mean you can’t commemorate the occasion with something meaningful to you. You deserve it!

Favourite thing about UVic experience: The best part of UVic was the solid friend group that I was lucky enough to find myself in. Engineering is so much more difficult on your own, so it was awesome to find a group in my very first semester that stuck it all the way through the years. I couldn’t have done it without them.

Plans for the near future: I am lucky enough to find myself with a great career opportunity at a local technology company thanks to a co-op during my degree. I plan to learn as much as I can and get exposed to real projects with complex problems and no “correct” solution. Even though I’ve just graduated, I’m fully aware of how much I still don’t know.

Longer-term impact: In the long-term I’d like to be involved in the design of interesting products that I would actually want to use. I’d like to put in the work and long hours to finally hold a product in my hands that I can truly say I created.

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