Ryan Chan

Computer Engineering 2025
Ryan Chan

Introduce yourself briefly: 

Hi! My name is Ryan and I am a computer engineering student expecting to graduate in 2025.

Waterloo Engineering in one word: 


I choose Waterloo Engineering because: 

I was (and still am) unsure of what I might do after I graduate. With Waterloo Engineering, I can explore different areas in my field of study through the 6 co-op terms—learning, gaining real-world experience, and getting paid, all at the same time!

The best thing about my program is:

The people in my cohort are generally friendly, helpful, and sometimes just as clueless as I am in class! Since we share all the same classes (and usually also the difficulties associated with them), there is a sense of “getting through it together” and hopefully having our whole cohort make it to the finish line. 

About my Co-op experience: 

I have done two co-ops so far. My first co-op was in software quality assurance, where I wrote and updated scripts and test suites to ensure different parts of our product was functioning as expected. My second co-op was in software development, where I mainly focused on modifying our codebase to ensure that updated dependencies could be used without issue.

I wish I had known before I came: 

The labs can be ~quite~ involved for certain courses in computer engineering. Even though they might take a lot of work (and time), I think they are quite helpful in better understanding what we only hear/see about in lecture. Have fun :P

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with: 

Engineering Ambassadors, Chinese Christian Fellowship (UWCCF), Culture and Language Exchange Club (UWCLEC)

One more thing about me: 

If you are interested in exchange, let me know :) I am currently abroad and studying at EPFL for both my 3A and 3B terms (Fall 2022 + Winter 2023). Feel free to contact me about anything else as well


Contact me: ryan.chan@uwaterloo.ca