Cathy Chen

Hi, I am an electrical and computer engineering student with experience in software development, visual effects, machine learning, and mobile iOS development. I have a passion in software development, computer graphics, virtual production, VFX, and web development. I was a participant of the Academy Software Foundation's Summer Learning Program and gain hands-on technical experience in open source software development, VFX, Virtual Production, and Animation

Technical Skills:

Programming Language: C, C++, Python, Swift, Assembly, Object-Oriented Programming, Verilog
Software/Frameworks/API: GTK, Qt, PyQt, Maya, Houdini, Unreal Engine, XCode, Glade, Figma
Software Development Experience: Agile Development, GIT version control, Bitbucket, Jira, Jenkins
Other programming experience: JavaScript, CSS, HTML

While you are here, take a look at my recent projects below and Let's connect on Linkedin !

Cathy Chen


Summer Learning Program, Academy Software Foundation

  • Participated in the ASWF Summer Learning program to gain hands-on technical experience in open source software development, VFX, Virtual Production, and Animation
  • Improved scripting, simulation, C++ skills in Maya, Houdini and Unreal Engine through learning platforms
  • Created Staircase Generator, Model Controller and lighting management tool in Maya using python script
  • Built professional networks with mentors and participants through weekly online collaboration

Jun 2022 - Aug 2022

Mobile Software Engineer Intern/Co-op, TD Bank

  • Developed TD mobile iOS app in Swift to optimize user experience according to business requirements, UX designs, and architectural guidelines
  • Collaborated with other developers on the design of the app using SwiftUI
  • Ensured defect free codes by writing unit testing and participated in reviewing peer coding
  • Participated in daily stand up meetings to provide update for work progress as well as sprint planning and refinement to plan out the tasks for current sprint in the team

May 2022 - Aug 2022

Teaching Assistant, AI4ALL Invent the Future Program, SFU

  • Led Python coding workshops for high school students to encourage interest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Moderated coding Q & A forum to answer any python and machine learning related questions
  • Supervised and instructed Computer Vision Project using Convolutional Neural Network to classified Images in Google Colab with groups of 5 students

Jun 2022 - July 2022

Engineering Campus Experience Officer, University of Toronto

  • Built an inclusive engineering community and initiated mentorship opportunities to improve students’ mental health
  • Organized and hosted social events for students during the pandemic to encourage face-to-face interaction

Sep 2021 - Present

Summer Intern, Mars, Incorporated

  • Worked with the National Wellbeing Manager to design and facilitate Associate Assistant Program to raise mental health awareness among associates
  • Designed and developed effective promotional strategies for nation-wide events with senior HR managers
  • Measured event outcomes by analyzing various statistics collected from media databases and created excel sheets to showcase results

May 2021 - Aug 2021

Optimization of Integration of Energy Storage Project, U of T

Project Manager

  • Managed client proposal project with a team of 5 to propose a solution to optimize V2G technology
  • Effectively allocated tasks within the group using a Gantt Chart to ensure project milestones were met
  • Maintained effective communication with client and Engineering Manager by providing detailed status reports and project updates
  • Presented a feasibility report to clients and Engineering Manager and received praise for potential solution

Jan 2021 - Apr 2021

Hair Unclogger Design Project, U of T

Team Leader

  • Worked within a team of students to develop a new household device to prevent the hair blockage of the shower drain.
  • Led general team meetings every week with prepared agenda and specific task lists.
  • Provided concise project updates with professors.
  • Arranged debrief meetings to reflect on previous assignments and set new goals.
  • Kept track of internal deadlines and team progress on the project.
  • Ensured the team functions and communicates properly in order to maintain a strong team working relationship.

Sep 2020 - Dec 2020

Mobile Software Developer, Game of Apps

  • Used Java in Android Studio to develop a Career Advising App “Actualize” with a team of 5 students
  • Used Swift in XCode to develop an iOS mobile software for improvement of student’s productivity
  • Collaborated with industry mentors in code debugging and unit testing to improve software efficiency
  • Incorporated the essential UX design components in Figma to model user interface
  • Final mobile product won the Best Developing Award within the cohort

Sep 2018 - May 2020