Google, Apple and IBM to attend Career Fair

Three technology giants have taken notice of some work being done in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Google, Apple and IBM will join several local and provincial companies as speakers at the Computer Science Students' Society's (CSSS) annual career fair, being held Feb. 9 at the U of S.
"It's great to see such large and respected technology companies take notice of the quality programs and high caliber of faculty and students we have at the U of S," says Jeremy Rans, CSSS secretary. "They are here to recruit potential employees, not just present, so it's a pretty big deal to have representatives from these companies at our annual career fair."
The Department of Computer Science has generated a lot of notoriety lately with the development of iUsask, an application for the wildly popular Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. An alumni button was recently added to the iUsask application, available for free from Apple's App Store. Several U of S alumni are involved in the development of the application, including project lead Chad Jones (BE'00, BSc'00), a former Apple employee himself. Jones is currently teaching a class at the U of S on developing applications for Apple's mobile devices.
Steve Woods (BSc'97), site director for Google's Waterloo, Ont. facility, will return to campus for the career fair. Originally from Melfort, Woods founded Quack.com, a voiceportal that uses verbal commands to access online information, that was sold to AOL.
Also returning to campus for the career fair is Jon Lovering (BE'08, BSc'08) a firmware engineer with Apple. Lovering's work as a firmware engineer requires him to work closely with both computer hardware and software, pairing his skills as an engineer and a computer scientist.
"We like to have U of S alumni come and talk to students about the options that are out there after graduation. Having U of S grads from companies like Google and Apple helps us realize that the doors are wide open for our careers," states Rans.
The career fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Thorvaldson Building on the U of S campus. Presentations are free and open to the public.
For more information on the CSSS and the career fair, visit http://csss.usask.ca/career-fair/2009
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