What is IATSU? Well, IATSU is you, and it's us! As the student body of the Interactive Arts and Technology faculty, we are all part of IATSU! However, us as a student union are here to bring you things that we find meaningful -- and that's making you, being part of SIAT, a great time.

Our team is full of dedicated SIAT majors and minors, just like you. We know the struggles of 233, we know the endless, sleepless nights, and we're here to try and not make it as bad. IATSU first and foremost tries to create two things: events and opportunity. You're sure to come out and make friends at our monthly socials and popular events, like the FCAT Formal! However, we're also here to create opportunity for you guys to show off your skills and talent. (Creative Studio, cough, cough.) Even so, the most important part about IATSU is that we're here for the students.

MR. PRESIDENT: MATTHEW FONG

Concentration: Design/Interactive Systems

Year: Fourth

What drew you to SIAT?

The program’s one-of-a-kind premise which no other post secondary institute offers. And because of events that transpired prior to confirming my acceptance to a university which led to me choosing SFU.

What inspires you?

Emotional Pain.

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

Being able to share my story and inspire other SIAT students to not doubt themselves and the potential that lies in each and everyone one of them. I went through several ups and downs to get to where I am now. I want students to allow themselves to be vulnerable and open to new ideas, perspectives, and opportunities.

VICE PRESIDENT: KYLE BALL

Concentration: Media Arts

Year: Fourth

What drew you to SIAT?

My friend Brandon had originally let me know about SIAT, but the ability to learn multiple things outside of the scope of my interests really caught my attention. The fact that I can code, design and work on media projects all under one umbrella is amazing.

What inspires you?

The opportunity to create. SIAT opens the doors for students to find their passion and then work within their passion. I’ve always wanted to find a job that would allow me to create and SIAT has options for that. MAKE THINGS!

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

Bringing people together with the help of IATSU has always been important to me. I’ve always felt like SIAT is a home away from home and I want to make sure others feel that way as well.

SECRETARY: ZACH CHAN

Concentration: Design/Interactive Systems

Year: Fourth

What drew you to SIAT?

I came to SIAT because I love to work with technology and create new things for others to enjoy.

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

As a member of IATSU I would like to help create a stronger community within our faculty through all the fun events that we organize and being able to be a resource to help young and old students.

TREASURER: JOSHUA FANN

Concentration: Design/Business Minor

Year: Fourth

What drew you to SIAT?

I was interested in SIAT because it seemed like a comprehensive, best-of-both worlds program. I’ve always been interested in technology and design, but I never wanted to be just a programmer or an artist. SIAT allows me to explore both fields and merge them into my own skillset.

What inspires you?

How technology has the potential to change the way humans experience their lives, from something as simple as wirelessly charging my phone on my desk to my smartwatch being able to turn on my computer when I enter the house. This seamless integration of technology into everyday life fascinates me and I want to be able to do the same with my work.

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

Like I said previously, I want to be able to work on integrating human experiences with technology through my work here at SIAT.

DIRECTOR OF WEB + SOCIAL MEDIA: BRANDON BIRK

Concentration: Media Arts

Year: Fourth

What drew you to SIAT?

Honestly, I didn’t know where I wanted to go after high school. I wanted to be able to express my creative thoughts in a potential career. I’ve always been into creating projects in my free time for people to see and enjoy what I make. One of my advisors at my local University suggested I check out SIAT at SFU and it’s been one of the greatest decisions of my life.

What inspires you?

The ideas and brainstorming of the potential that something can be. When working on a project, the ideas that flow inspire me to go above and beyond while continuously asking myself, how could it be better?

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

I want to contribute everything and anything I can. SIAT has become my family, and that’s why I wanted to join IATSU. I can say without hesitation that the people I’ve met mean so much to me, and I want to pass that same feeling on to others.

1/2 DIRECTOR OF EVENTS: VICTORIA LEUNG

Concentration: Undeclared (Interactive Systems or Design)

Year: Second

What drew you to SIAT?

I like drawing so it only made sense to be drawn to SIAT (ayy). In all honesty, it was because I always liked creating and designing things but I also fell into a love-hate relationship with coding in high school. SIAT offered both options so it was a no-brainer to come.

What inspires you?

Money

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

Bad puns and laughter.

2/2 DIRECTOR OF EVENTS: SAMMY "the allmighty" YOO

Concentration: Interactive Systems (or) Media Arts

Year: Second

What drew you to SIAT?

Being creative is something i’ve done since birth. From lego, to low-quality videos made with friends, building houses and silly characters in sims, coding useless programs. It just made sense to apply for SIAT.

What inspires you?

Seeing others doing what they want to do and achieving more than me. It boosts me to become better than they are.

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

My wonderful face and my 200 IQ brain

IATSU TV LEAD PRODUCER: YAN TYMOSHENKO

Concentration: Media Arts

Year: First

What drew you to SIAT?

SIAT appeared to me as an opportunity to pursue my passion as a career. It’s a great place to meet the right people who will play an important role in your future and improve in the skills you need to become great at what you do.

What inspires you?

I’m always inspired by people who break rules; those who don’t live by the standard of “get your degree, go to work, and get money,” but rather live kicking ass at what they love doing.

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

While I’m here, I’m using this opportunity to show the world what we’re all about. There are young talents out there searching for a place like SIAT, SFU. My goal is doing whatever I can to help these talents find what they’re looking for.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION DESIGN: REBECCA LU

Concentration: Undeclared (Media Arts/Interactive Systems)

Year: Second

What drew you to SIAT?

SIAT is a program I thought I’d never find, to be honest. It’s a program that provides courses in many forms of technology and design, whether it be coding programs, making print layouts, or animating in different media. I knew I wanted to study some form of digital design, and SIAT allows me to dabble in different fields of interest, and find where I’d like to be.

What inspires you?

(anime)

So much, really. My mind might have gone into a creative overdrive since experiencing IAT courses in first year — and my mind is literally always in a train of thought. The most random things will inspire me, but I am most inspired when I’m placed in an environment where people are passionate about what they’re doing. Call me poetic and slightly cheesy, but that genuine, bubbling energy towards one’s interests is so powerful and uplifting to me.

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

Everyone’s going to say that they want to create this second family in SIAT, which isn’t untrue — it’s the reason why I wanted to be a part of IATSU in the first place. It’s so important to me that SIAT is a place where people aren’t afraid to share their opinions or step out of their comfort zone, since I used to be that shy, quiet person. I’d like to create a welcoming environment that makes people want to express and contribute their ideas.

IATONE REP: HATAGO PRIEBE

Concentration: Undeclared (Interactive Systems)

Year: First

What drew you to SIAT?

SIAT was the perfect course for me because I have so many interests within a similar field and no other programs have as much variety as IAT. This program prepares us for the real world with multiple tools such as website design, graphics design and analytical thinking skills that will assist us in any future ventures.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by innovation. The creation of new products that help humanity or at the very least entertain them. I love pushing the boundaries of human creativity and proving that nothing is impossible.

What do you want to contribute to SIAT?

I want to help create a place for everyone within SIAT to call home. A place where everyone can feel comfortable opening up and discovering who they want to be.