Carleton Computer Science Degree Gives Gamer New Direction

By Susan Hickman

When Bernard Gareth Llanos developed a tabletop game in high school, he was interested in gaming, but knew nothing about computer programming.

As he graduates with an Honours Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Carleton University, he walks away with a wealth of knowledge on the topic, as well as a Governor General’s Medal. The award is presented annually to a student at the head of the graduating class at the undergraduate level.

The 25-year-old, who concentrated his studies in game development, says he grew up playing video games and developed a strong desire to develop his own.

“They combine story and puzzles and hard work, and are overall very stimulating,” says Llanos, who was particularly impressed with the story in the graphic adventure puzzle video game Myst.

Now pursuing a post-graduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Alberta, Llanos says he values his learning even more than the medal he has earned.

“I went from zero knowledge about computer programming to where I am currently,” says Llanos. “So I am very grateful for the technical knowledge.”

Llanos speaks about the positive experience he had at Carleton, not only in the “small friendly environment” of the School of Computer Science, but also during research work in image processing through Computer Science Prof. David Mould.

“The Computer Science program at Carleton opened up my mind to other options than gaming that I had no way to appreciate before.”

Hoping to eventually work in robotics or computer vision, Llanos says he also had good co-operative experiences, working in web development at a couple of high-tech companies.

Carleton University will graduate about 3,580 students and confer 13 honorary degrees during ceremonies taking place from June 13 to June 16, 2017.  Carleton, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has grown from a small college in 1942 to a leading post-secondary institution today, one that has provided a unique educational experience to 140,000 graduates.