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August 11th, 2017

Summer 2017 Interns

As another summer comes to an end, we say goodbye to yet another class of Motion Metrics co-op students. To top off their semester at the company, each of our three summer interns presented their projects with the top presenter winning a lucrative  grand prize. This term, our three co-op students were Paymon Jalali, Brian On, and Kuby Shen. After their presentations we had a chance to ask them a couple questions about their time at Motion Metrics.

Paymon Jalali

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Paymon is a second year sciences student at Simon Fraser University who plans to major in Computer Science. He likes movies, music, swimming, and collecting ThinkPad computers. This summer he worked on updating the Vehicle Embedded Operating Systems for our shovel and loader-based products and was the winner of our prize for top presentation!

How was your experience working at Motion Metrics?

Motion Metrics is the first company where I am developing software professionally. Since everything is completely new to me, I am always asking questions, trying new approaches, using new tools, and constantly challenging myself. The thing I like most about working at Motion Metrics is the fact that both questions and exploration are encouraged for self-improvement and learning and because of that, I have become a better programmer.

What’s next for you?

As of right now my main priority is completing my undergrad in Computer Science, we’ll see where things go after that. I also look forward to completing more co-op terms, and doing a whole lot of programming. 

Brian On

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Brian is a 4th year computer science student at Simon Fraser University majoring in software systems. He enjoys swimming, reading, and cooking; or, as he would put it, “feeding the body, feeding the mind, and feeding the stomach.” During his time at Motion Metrics, Brian worked in the quality control department doing what he would describe as “quality crashing.”

“In order to fix something, I first have to break it,” said Brian during his presentation. Brian’s summer co-op term was somewhat of a dream come true. As a child he loved to break things, much to the annoyance of his parents and teachers.

How was your experience working at Motion Metrics?

Motion Metrics has a fun yet hardworking culture, with everyone interacting closely with one another. Working here has opened my eyes to how progress is achieved through communication and cooperation, with many fun activities that create a sense that the people around you are not just co-workers, but a community.

What’s next for you?

I’ll be returning to my studies in Software Systems at Simon Fraser, with a year to go before my graduation. I’ll be looking for more internships and work experiences along the way, and after that we will see what happens. The world is ever changing so my plans for the future may not even be relevant in the time to come. Like my work at Motion Metrics, I believe the ability to adapt will be the greatest asset I learned.

Kuby ShenIMG_0395

Kuby is an electrical engineer from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, who worked in the quality control department where he tested PortaMetrics™ software as well created a an embedded test tool to simulate and feed sensor data into ShovelMetrics™. This was Kuby’s first time working at a tech company.

How was your experience working at Motion Metrics?

Working at Motion Metrics taught me not only how a technology company functions on a daily basis, but also the work habits and drive needed in a fast-paced industry. Working with people who are very committed and friendly, I was able to greatly improve my personal and professional skills and tackle lots of interesting problems in embedded system and software programming. It has definitely been challenging but it has also been a great growing experience and I look forward to whatever I’ll be working on in the next term.

What’s next for you?

It’s changed from the time I started the co-op, maybe because of what I’ve learned and worked on at Motion Metrics, but if I had to explain “what’s next” it would probably be to work on projects that make things “scalable”and/or “automatic”. This would probably be some sort of embedded software-related projects but perhaps involve some hardware as well, which would allow me to use the same intensive learning and applied knowledge of tools I used at Motion Metrics, which I really enjoyed doing. I would like to make it easier for users to use a platform so they can spend more time customizing an application, as opposed to spending time managing and troubleshooting in repetitive sessions or being limited in their own creative space, both of which I find highly annoying as a user. I don’t know what I need to do to make that happen if I was to become a developer but I hope to know more about it by the end of next term.