Alumni spotlight

Jacky Chow, BSc (Eng)'09, PhD'15


Jacky Chow

Jacky C.K. Chow, P.Eng., PhD, MBA, is the president of Vusion Technologies and a former NSERC, Alberta Innovates, Killam, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholar. He was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Calgary. As a research scientist, he is interested in sensor fusion and machine learning for robot navigation and 3D imaging applications. He has previously worked in Belgium, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Australia. This year he was chosen as one of the top 40 under 40 geospatial professionals by xyHt magazine. Outside of work you can find him and his wife hanging out with their fluffy 10 year old puppy named Teddy Bear.

After my mom passed away from breast cancer, I joined U of C's medical school for my MD in hopes of using my engineering knowledge to improve modern day medicine.

Jacky Chow

BSc (Eng)'09, PhD'15

What is your favourite memory from your time at UCalgary?

My wife and I are both alumni of U of C. We met there, and ended up getting married there.

 

What was your favourite campus hang-out spot?

The Cove

 

What advice would you give your student self, knowing what you do now?

Study biology in high school to learn about what a cell is, so that you don't get teased by your classmates in medical school.

 

How did your engineering degree help you get to where you are today?

With the problem solving skills I learned during my engineering degree, I was able to work in several cities in Europe and teach engineering in Canada and Uganda.

 

How has your career path evolved and changed since your graduation?

After completing my BSc and PhD in geomatics engineering at U of C, I pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in the Netherlands/Sweden doing human motion tracking using inertial sensors. This was followed by obtaining an MBA in machine learning for corporate bankruptcy prediction from the United Kingdom. Subsequently, I worked as a sensor fusion engineer for Leica Geosystems doing research and development for laser-guided autonomous drones. After my mom passed away from breast cancer, I joined U of C's medical school for my MD in hopes of using my engineering knowledge to improve modern day medicine.