IEEE Gold Medal - Computer Engineering
Engineering strikes a chord for medal winner
has been kind to computer engineering graduate Daniel
Vanderster. Or rather, he's been kind to UVic.
Not only has he graduated with the IEEE
gold medal in computer engineering for having the highest
GPA in his department, he's also spent four of his six
co-op work terms on campus and has already begun his
"I came to UVic because it was
recommended to me by a high school teacher who was also
an engineer," he says. "It was a great decision."
Vanderster says he thrives in computer
engineering because it allows him to apply his skills
to projects, and to see results.
He's also a musician whose pop rock
band regularly plays at local venues. Vanderster, who
plays the guitar, was able to fuse his musical knowledge
with his engineering skills for his undergrad project.
He and a fellow engineer designed a re-programmable
guitar effects pedal that allows musicians to download
specific effects from the Internet.
"Normally when you buy an effects
pedal from a music store it comes with certain effects
so that you can change the sound a guitar produces,"
he says. "Our pedal increases the diversity of
sounds you can produce."
Vanderster's master's project is to
develop a national supercomputer that will help process
physics information and simulations. He decided to pursue
a graduate degree after working for Dr. Randall Sobie
during his final co-op work term. Sobie invited him
to continue working on the project, and the rest is