John E. Dennis Jr. received an honorary Doctor of Mathematics (DMath). He is renowned for his fundamental contributions to continuous optimization. John Dennis is the Noah Harding professor emeritus and research professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University. He also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization from 1988 to 1993.
Alfred Menezes was announced as a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award. Alfred Menezes is an instructor in cryptography, coding theory and introductory combinatorics and algebra. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students, Alfred is an active graduate supervisor with more than 25 successful supervisions at Waterloo.