Spotlight on Staff: Kevin So
One of the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH)’s greatest assets is the people that support important research and facilitate the education of health leaders. In this new series, we will be featuring some of our incredible staff so you can get to know them better and learn about their impressive backgrounds.
For the past several months, many of us have relied on Kevin’s expertise to help us make the transition to online working and learning. Kevin works as our Information Systems Specialist. We asked him about the types of problems he solves at work, how he spends his free time, and his advice for incoming students.
What attracted you to SPPH?
I enjoy the fact that SPPH looks at the bigger picture of health in relation to a given population. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, I have appreciated the role SPPH takes in working towards potential solutions for combating COVID-19.
How would you describe your role? What is your favourite part? What is the most challenging part or something new you have had to learn?
My role is supporting the SPPH community with technical requests and inquiries. This ranges from troubleshooting issues with your work device to updating our SPPH website with fresh content.
My absolute favourite part of my job is hearing how pleased our people are with my advice and service. We aren’t working onsite as of this time, but seeing the smiles over a Zoom call is just as good!
The most challenging time was transitioning our community to a work from home environment in a matter of weeks due to COVID-19. I am sure other people can relate!
When should SPPH staff and faculty reach out to you for help?
Staff and faculty can reach out to me if they are struggling to solve a technical issue. I am here to assist so you can continue to do your work effectively. It would be best if you could do some initial troubleshooting (e.g. a reboot of device) before getting in touch, then maybe my help won’t be required after all!
What was your own university experience like? Where did you go?
I studied at SFU and also worked for their Information Technology (IT) Services department. I met a lot of my current friends in university and enjoyed my time both as a student and employee.
Do you have any advice for incoming students?
If I had the chance to be a student again, I would say be open to taking courses outside of your comfort zone. There are lots of free online resources to look at that will allow you to find something that you value in studying and pursuing as a career. Your learning does not end after you get that coveted degree.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
I’ve always wanted to visit Australia to see koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat, but that will have to wait.
Who or what inspires you?
Elon Musk has been quite the inspiration for me as of late. The way he is leading innovation of science and technology leaves me speechless.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love to dine out at new restaurants with my friends in a COVID conscious manner. Aside from that, running along the seawall with those remarkable water views is another favourite past time of mine.