University of Toronto Students’ Testimonials

Last updated May 8, 2022

Carlson Lau, Software Engineer II, Okta. Bachelor of Science, Specialist in Computer Science. 

Carlson graduated as a Computer Science Specialist in 2021 and is currently working as a Software Engineer level 2 at Okta. For him, the most valuable lessons from this course were in the area of product design. He learned how to predict and evaluate how users will really interact with his products and applications. These skills help Carlson avoid blind spots and edge cases, that he might otherwise miss in the software he develops. He feels that the course is useful in industry for improving existing applications or building new proofs of concept. 

VIDEO: Carlson Lau, CSC318 Testimonial, Sept 2021 


Selina Huo, Product Manager, Uken Games. Bachelor of Science, Cognitive Science & Statistics.

Selina studied CSC318 in the fall of 2019. She graduated with a Double Major in Cognitive Science and Statistics. Currently, a Product Manager at Uken Games, she also held internship positions at TikTok and DiDi, the Uber of China. Selina found, CSC318 to be the most practical course at UofT for Product Design, UX/UI, or UX Research. She suggests that students can use everything they do in this course for their portfolios and job interviews. “This is not a bird course,” she warns. Just like in real industry, in this course, there is not a single correct answer nor a template for the assignments. You have to work hard to discover the correct solution, just like in real world. This course is a great practice for that.

VIDEO: Selina Huo, CSC318 Testimonial, May 2022


John Kelly, Developer, University of Toronto, Victoria University. Bachelor of Science, Computer Science & Cognitive Science.

In addition to working as a developer at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College, John Kelly used his CSC318 2018 Project and Prototype to launch a startup in the healthcare technology space. His company later hired another student from a different CSC318 class. Their startup has been accepted to several incubators for further development of their product.

VIDEO: John Kelly, CSC318 Class of 2018, Testimonial Apr 2020


Nicole Tang, Product Designer, Wealthsimple. Masters of Information Science.

Nicole Tang works as a Product Designer at Wealthsimple an innovative financial company. Nicole took CSC318 2019 and enjoyed the User Experience design, prototyping, and pitching to industry experts in that class. She learned a lot of UX techniques which she later applied in her workplace, with great success. She highly recommends this course for those interested in pursuing UX Design in industry or graduate studies.

VIDEO: Nicole Tang, CSC318 Class of 2019, Testimonial May 2020


Kyle Osborne, User Experience Researcher, CIBC. Bachelor of Psychology. 

Kyle Osborne is working as a User Experience Researcher at CIBC’s Business Banking team.  Kyle was a psychology major from UTSC when he took CSC318 in the winter of 2019. Kyle benefitted from working in interdisciplinary teams, which is a requirement of CSC318 and is very important in industry. The course helps Kyle develop marketable skills. Upon graduation, Kyle joined a startup as their first UX Researcher. 

VIDEO: Kyle Osborne, CSC318 Class of 2019, Testimonial Sept 2021 


Amanda Leiva, Student in Masters of Science, Information Science, University of Toronto’s iSchool. Bachelor of Science, Linguistics & Psychology. 

Amanda took the Summer abroad course CSC396. In that class, she enjoyed conducting research & usability testing. She used information from the course to gain internship positions at TD and Lyft. Then later, she was able to apply those same skills in the workplace. Currently, Amanda is pursuing a Master’s in Information Science, User Experience Concentration at the University of Toronto’s iSchool.

VIDEO: Amanda Leiva, CSC396 Testimonial, Sept 2021