I'm currently seeking full-time opportunities. If you would like to connect, please feel free to contact me at L43cheng@edu.uwaterloo.ca.
Since coming to UWaterloo, my focus has been to expand my problem-solving and collaboration skills. Through the co-op program, I've had the opportunities to intern at six different companies, tackling diverse problems, collaborating with teammates, and delivering meaningful projects. To continue learning outside of the classroom, I've also built several technical projects and explored upcoming technologies.
I look forward to discussing with you how we can collaborate together.
Work & Research Experience
Software Engineering Intern | San Francisco Bay Area
Sept - Dec 2018
As a member of the Artificial Intelligence (formerly Relevance) department, I worked with Java 8, generics, and the ParSeq asynchronous library to build ML infrastructure.
This included designing a module to inject plugins into a framework, exposing its public API, integrating services to extract outputs of a post-processing pipeline used on the 'Jobs' page,
and attaching recovery logic to failed RPC operations. I also learned a bit about the Java Memory Model and concurrency practices.
Software Engineering Intern | Burlington, ON
Jan - Apr 2018
At Evertz, I worked with video compression technologies, and in particular the H.264 codec and MPEG Transport Streams. I implemented features using the open-source JM H.264 Reference Software in C, built a parallelized test framework, and compared distorted YUV videos. I also validated MPEG TS used in ABR streaming and built visualizations to present the results.
Undergraduate Research Assistant | Waterloo, ON
Sept - Dec 2017
As an Undergraduate Research Assistant, I evaluated the perceptual uniformity of the ICtCp colour space, implementing a subjective testing program with the C/C++ Blackmagic DeckLink SDK and a UHD Reference Monitor, generating and sanitizing pre-test data and analyzing post-test results. Work was conducted with PhD Candidate Thilan Costa and Professor Zhou Wang.
Software Engineering Intern | San Francisco Bay Area
May - Aug 2017
OptumSoft is an IoT startup founded by the namesake of our School of Computer Science and former professor from Stanford University, David Cheriton. During my internship at OptumSoft, I worked on a Kalman-like algorithm for predicting the reliability of sensor readings, and used C++/TACC, our in-house distributed language, to implement new features and maintain existing ones. I also wrote a test generator in Python that generated hundreds of tests to validate our in-house compiler and a serialization mechanism used in distributed environments
Software Engineering Intern | Calgary, AB
Sept - Dec 2016
As a member of the Driver and Diagnostics team, I built a cross-platform C++ API to change pen settings when they contact a SMART Board© and fixed cross-platform bugs related to SMART Board© driver diagnostics tools. I also collaboratively led a team of 5 interns to build an educational game with Node.js that was demoed at the BETT 2017 trade show.
Application Developer | Toronto, ON
Jan - Apr 2016
At CIBC, I improved an ASP.NET MVC-based communication platform used by 10+ traders by reducing performance bottlenecks by over 80%, built an instant messaging prototype with SignalR and Oracle, and developed a "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) editor. Before leaving CIBC, I initiative wrote a 20-page report suggesting future improvements for the communication platform.
Software Developer | Ottawa, ON
May - Aug 2015
At Fusebill, I created an internal querying tool with ASP.NET MVC and SQL Server to find frequent API callers and track down bottlenecks, built samples to show clients how to integrate with our RESTful API, and wrote automated tests for our marketing site. We worked in an Agile environment with two-week sprints.
- Cool Things You Can Do With Python: 27-page e-book containing six starter Python projects, including a web scraper and a Word document generator. Introduces several concepts, including HTTP verbs and multithreading. Available on the Kindle Store.
- Implementing Observer Pattern with Events (C#): uses event objects to implement the Observer Pattern
- Making GET Requests in Python - Tutorial: introduces Chrome DevTools,
BeautifulSoupto make GET requests from www.codeproject.com
- Creating Forms in ASP.NET MVC 5: examines 4 synchronous and asynchronous ways to pass data between the client and the server
- Beginning TI-BASIC: Using Your TI-83/TI-84 to Solve Math Problems: shows how to program a graphing calculator to solve algebraic and geometric problems
- A Right Way to Use Inductive Reasoning: 5-page paper in "Pi in the Sky", a math magazine sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, that demonstrates how to find and prove with induction the formula that determines the maximum number of regions formed by an inscribed convex polygon and its intersecting diagonals
- [CBC] University of Waterloo students want two-ply toilet paper on campus, student councillors say : Hahaha, this is kind of funny. As an elected student representative, I tend to focus on more important issues, such as legal services for students (eg, against predatory housing) and mental health initiatives, yet at the end of the day, it's my job to represent Engineering students on matters big and small! If students want it, let's have it!
- [Imprint] The breakdown of the 2018 Co-op Education fee raise : Co-op opens many doors, but there are legitimate reasons for advocating against a fee raise that doesn't improve service, especially when many students report being treated unethically by co-op staff. The petition referenced in the article drew 3000+ supporters in 3 weeks, and received attention from the Board of Governors, Provost's Office, our Student Union, and two student newspapers. Although the petition failed to stop the 18/19 fee raise (3 abstentions, 1 objection), it's worth noting that 19/20 will not have a fee raise.
Whether you're a recruiter or a student, a psychologist or a scuba diver, a writer or an engineer, I'm interested in exploring how we can work together to accomplish greater challenges.
If you would like to connect, please feel free to reach me at L43cheng@edu.uwaterloo.ca. (The reason there isn't a contact form is because forwarded emails from contact forms might be marked as spam and automatically placed in a Spam folder. If you're taking the time to reach out to me, I want to be sure that I could receive your email and followup with you.)