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By Sabrina Cataldo Posted: December 23, 2021 5:00 a.m.

U of R grad Natasha Jaques lives in Silicon Valley and works for Google Brain, one of the behemoth’s research teams focused on artificial intelligence.
U of R grad Natasha Jaques lives in Silicon Valley and works for Google Brain, one of the behemoth’s research teams focused on artificial intelligence. Photo: U of R Photography

Meet one extraordinary alumnae. Natsha Jaques earned Arts and Computer Science degrees from the University of Regina in 2012. She recalls her time at the University of Regina fondly.


“It was a wonderful place to learn. I had a good community there. The U of R allowed me to flourish without too much pressure.”


It was where she discovered her love of research, being granted her first research opportunity by Howard Hamilton, computer science professor and director of the Laboratory for Computational Discovery.


“That experience is the reason I went to grad school. He put me on to machine learning research. In the first year of my undergrad, I was doing genetic algorithms and reinforcement learning. Now I do that full-time.”

Read more about Jaques’ journey right here in the newest issue of Degrees online.