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Friday, October 16, 2020

Recognizing outstanding research by a Master’s student

Ishan Bansal reading a book

Ishan Bansal was named a University Finalist for the Alumni Gold Medal for a Master’s student. He worked under the supervision of Professors Chaitanya Swamy and Jochen Koenemann.

After completing his BSc at Chennai Mathematical Institute, Bansal received two scholarships, the William Tutte Postgraduate Scholarship and the David Johnston International Student Entrance Scholarship.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fall 2020 convocation

Fall 2020 convocation

Six Ph.D. and six M.Math. C&O students will receive their degrees at the Fall 2020 convocation on October 24. This is the second time that the convocation ceremonies will be held on-line.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The road to success

Mike Egan on a motorcycle

Like most entrepreneurs, Michael Egan (BMath ’74) has experienced his fair share of twists and turns on the road to success.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Creating opportunities in cryptography

Alfred Menezes

“I was never the type to plan out my career,” says Alfred Menezes, a professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization (C&O) at the University of Waterloo. “It’s always been about being in the right place at the right time and taking advantage of every opportunity.” In 1998 Menezes resigned a tenured position at Auburn University to join the Faculty of Mathematics at Waterloo, where he had previously earned three degrees, including his PhD.

Friday, September 11, 2020

The profound impact of a researcher

Michele Mosca, Scott Vanstone and Alfred Menezes

Remembering Scott Vanstone and tracing his connections, influence and career

In 1972, Scott Vanstone (BMath '70, MMath '71, PhD '74) walked into Ron Mullin’s (MA '60, PhD '64) office and told him he wanted to be his student. Originally, Scott started studying chemistry at the University of Waterloo, but switched to math.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Chasing a dream

Josué Kurke

“While working as an instructional support assistant (ISA), I remember the first time a professor asked for a volunteer to teach a lecture while he was at a conference,” remembers Josué Kurke. “My hand shot up. I donned a professorial kind of jacket with the elbow patches and went all out. Over time, I’ve realized that I feel most at home in front of a classroom. I want to spend my career talking to people about math.”

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Waterloo researchers leading quest to protect against quantum attacks

binary code on a black screen

The University of Waterloo emerged as the Canadian institution with the largest involvement in the latest round of submissions selected by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization process.

Friday, July 17, 2020

SAGT 2020 Best Paper Award

SAGT 2020

Jochen Koenemann, Kanstantsin Pashkovich and Natig Tofigzade were announced the recipients of the SAGT 2020 Best Paper Award for their paper "Approximating Stable Matchings with Ties of Bounded Size".

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

C&O welcomes four new faculty members

Square

The C&O department is very pleased to welcome four new faculty members, Assistant Professors Logan Crew, Stephen Melczer, Oliver Pechenik and Sophie Spirkl.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Jun Yan awarded an Alumni Gold Medal

Jun Yan

At the Spring convocation, Jun Yan was awarded an Alumni Gold Medal in recognition of his academic excellence during his undergraduate studies in Combinatorics & Optimization and Pure Mathematics. Jun Yan was also a recipient of the 2020 William Tutte Centenary Scholarship. 

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