GSA Vice-President Academic 2019-2020: Dylan Ashley
"The Vice-President Academic is responsible for academic matters and affairs concerning graduate students" (GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section D: GSA Officers, GSA Bylaw, Section D.BYL.2.2.b).
While born in South Africa, Dylan spent his elementary school days in Fort
McMurray, completed high school in South Africa, and returned to Canada to
purse postsecondary education. Having earned his undergraduate degree at the
University of Alberta, he is now working towards his MSc in the same field,
focusing on fundamental topics of an area of Artificial Intelligence called
Reinforcement Learning. Though he devotes considerable time as a member of
the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, his free time away from academics is
dedicated to honing his photography skills, reading popular science and history
books, and watching documentaries.
While this is his first term as the Vice-President Academic, Dylan is no stranger to
student governance at the U of A: he has thus far served on the GSA Board, the
GSA Nominating Committee, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Council, and the GSA Council as the Computing Science Departmental Councillor.