Feat of engineering
A UNSW degree in computer science can lead you to a career in any walk of life.
Shoes of Prey is a global brand that allows women to design their perfect shoes through its online 3D designer, and as such, it relies heavily on code to make the process easy and intuitive.
Software engineer Bel Teh (pictured) joined the company as an intern back in 2010, where she played a pivotal role in prototyping the first 3D designer, which lets users interact with 3D shoe models online. Her employers were impressed, luring the multi-award-winning student away from a US-based position at Microsoft.
“Bel’s coding abilities are second-to-none and without brilliant engineers like her, we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” says Shoes of Prey co-founder Mike Knapp.
Bel credits her career success to the core programming concepts she learned at UNSW Australia in Sydney. Now she uses her software engineering skills and advanced mathematics understanding to craft creative and efficient solutions to problems across the business. It’s these foundation skills that make continued learning easier, whether that’s designing software systems and writing maintainable code, or learning new languages, Bel adds.
“I never thought I’d be working for a shoe company, but that just shows how applicable computer science is. It’s so much fun to combine tech and fashion,” Bel says.
– Rachael Oku