B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD

Inst., Computing & Data Science
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Computing and Data Science

604.983.7562 ext. 7562
Fir Building, room FR533


PhD, Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, 2000.

M.Sc., Mathematics, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1993.

B.Sc., Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1991.


Tamara Dakic (PhD, Simon Fraser University, 2000) completed a PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2000 in the area of Convex Optimization. Previously, she completed a M.Sc. in Mathematics at the University of Zagreb in the area of Topological Graph Theory and a B.Sc. in Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics at the University of Zagreb in 1991.

Dakic started teaching at Capilano University in 1997, while she was still a graduate student at SFU. After graduating from SFU, she got a permanent position at CapU and has since taught introductory level computing science and math courses.

She also designed new computing science courses and is constantly redesigning the existing courses to follow modern pedagogical methods. Recently, Dakic developed an interest in data science and worked on a few projects in that area.

Dakic lives in Vancouver with her partner, two teenage children and a miniature schnauzer. She enjoys taking the dog for long walks, hiking and going on bike rides. She is also a bridge player and has made stained glass windows in the past.

In the last few years, I taught COMP 101, COMP 115 and COMP 120, which all have a big computer programming component.

I firmly believe that the only way to learn how to program is to do it, so all my classes are hands-on and students spend a lot of time coding, either in small groups or individually. I endeavour to create interesting projects to motivate students to engage with computing science and I hope that I make everyone feel included.