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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Darryl Barnhart profile

Darryl Barnhart | Class of 2013

Bachelor of Science

Darryl likes solving complicated problems that involve both software and mathematics.  So how better to use his skills than as a software engineer at the headquarters of Google Inc. in Silicon Valley.

Hired by Google in June 2012, Darryl says the “past four years at Google have been full of challenges and accomplishments. I'm working on infrastructure with a global impact.” Recently, Darryl was invited to join the six month Machine Learning Ninja Program, as one of 18 talented "ninja" coders, in which he will learn artificial intelligence techniques that will help create smarter Google products. With this recent development in his career, Darryl says his "math background has been invaluable. It's given me a great intuition for machine learning."

His time at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provided a good foundation to help with this transition. "UOIT was smaller, which meant a less intimidating academic environment, yet without sacrificing rigour. In fact, it was much more conducive to genuine learning, rather than superficially churning out work."

Darryl also appreciated that the university was a new institution, “which creates the opportunity for entrepreneurialism." He used this opportunity to help launch the successful computer science club, and an attempted math club that future students may yet realize. He was also involved in orientation leadership and the mentoring program.

Darryl says he matured at UOIT and grew his mathematical fluency through his studies there. “Both of these are immensely valuable to me.  I also developed the entrepreneurial skills needed to make things happen, and learned to balance collaboration and decisiveness to foster success.”