Sergio Salinas receives inaugural Danny Ho Software Engineering Scholarship

Sergio Salinas, left, and Danny Ho

Sergio Salinas is the inaugural recipient of the Danny Ho Software Engineering Graduate Scholarship. This annual scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to support international Software Engineering graduate students pursuing their Masters or PhD.

Salinas is a second-year PhD student in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under the supervision of professors Katarina Grolinger and Ana Luisa Trejos.

“It is an honour for me to be the winner of the inaugural Danny Ho Scholarship,” says Salinas. "This scholarship is not only helpful for me but also for my family."

“Combined with my supervisors’ support, it will help me to achieve excellent results in my PhD research while my family and I have a meaningful and enjoyable life in Canada. This scholarship is an incredible option for international students like me compared to others mainly focused on Canadians and permanent residents.”

Salinas’ research compares machine learning techniques for activities of daily living classification with electrographic data. He is integrating this research into a mixed-reality system to support shoulder rehabilitation exercises.

Danny Ho, B.Sc.'84, M.Sc.'85, was an adjunct professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 2003 to 2018 and worked closely with Dr. Luiz Capretz. 

"I came to Canada as an immigrant in the 1980s,” says Ho. “While studying at Western, I received scholarships, grants and loans. Many of my schoolmates and close friends were international students. They paid a differential tuition fee and were not eligible for government scholarships, grants or loans. Some of them lived a frugal university life.” 

“Perhaps stepping through life with all these university buddies made me feel strongly about supporting and recognizing international students – helping international students to have a better life while studying in Canada was the main motivation to establish this graduate scholarship."