2014 Scholar Profile: David Salib
David’s fascination with technology began at the age of two and he has harnessed that passion into a practical means of solving problems. “I adore technology because it provides a blank canvas that has limitless possibilities.” Diverse interests coupled with a strong drive and entrepreneurial spirit made him an ideal candidate for the Andrew Rok Foundation scholarships.
David defines innovation in a way that honours the legacy of Andrew Rok. “I believe that innovation is not just about creating something new, it is about creating something different that better solves a problem.”
When he finds a complex situation he is able to see how to develop technology to simplify the process. For instance, he designed a web application for his high school to manage all the points that are awarded to students for participating in clubs, something that was done manually in the past. Now the school is using the system which has an easy to use interface, automation of certificate creation, and a very easy process for managing students and points.
Another project that David is working on is an accountability management system for the Family Health Teams of Ontario. This web application will solve many problems for the Family Health Teams of Ontario including data management, program planning, program management, and centralization of the Family Health Team’s goals and progress.
Combining his creativity with his technical skills, David entered the Peel Science Animation Festival. His animated short “Electrophilic Substitution of Benzene” won two first place awards. In addition, the film will be featured at the Ontario Science Centre.
Having a diverse range of interests allows David to bring unique approaches to projects. After two years of volunteering at Rogers TV through roles such as camera, audio and graphics, David took the initiative to propose a new show that would highlight technology in the Peel Region. To date, he has filmed two seasons of the show “Hi,Tech :)”
David is pursuing a Computer Science degree at the University of Waterloo. His ultimate goal is “to utilize computer science to develop innovative solutions that would have an everlasting impact on people's lives and change how they interact with technology."
Receiving the Andrew Rok Foundation scholarship will greatly help him achieve his goals. As David states, “To be one of the inaugural recipients of the Andrew Rok Foundation Scholarship is a tremendous honour. I think the exciting component about this scholarship is that it focuses on more than just academics. I believe that education is a vital tool, however it is what an individual does with that tool that defines an individual's Self and success. My academics have always been a priority of mine, however there is not a time in my life that I can remember when I was not working on projects outside of school. The scholarship will certainly provide me with financial aid throughout university whilst enabling me to focus my time and resources on developing my passion for computer science. Ultimately, it is a privilege to receive recognition for my academic and professional successes.”