Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jeff Casello named Associate Provost, Graduate Studies

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jeff Casello as Associate Provost, Graduate Studies for a five-year term commencing 1 July 2016," says a note from Vice-President, Academic & Provost Ian Orchard circulated last week.

Jeff Casello.Jeff Casello completed his BSE (1992) in civil engineering systems at the University of Pennsylvania, continuing on to further add a MSc in transportation engineering (1997) from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and another MSc (2000) in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, before earning his PhD (2003) in electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. A faculty member at Waterloo since 2004, he currently holds the position of associate professor with appointments to both the School of Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining the university, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania (2004). His past administrative service includes two appointments as associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Environment (2010-12, and January 2014 to present) and he previously held a concurrent appointment as adjunct professor at the Land Transportation Academy / SIM University, Singapore.

Casello's research interests include transportation system impacts on urban vitality; multimodal transportation planning, design and operations; travel forecasting models; and non-motorized modes. His research program (as principal or co-investigator) has secured funding exceeding $2 million, and he has supervised or co-supervised 25 graduate students with eight more in progress. In addition to his university responsibilities and peer-reviewed research, he has significant engagement in professional studies and reports for municipalities on matters relating transportation modelling and investment, as well as serving as associate editor and referee for a variety of publications. He has sat on numerous external grant allocation/review committees, and has provided technical consulting services in Canada and internationally.

"The appointment of Jeff Casello received strong support from the nominating committee struck to conduct the search for this key position within the university’s academic leadership," Orchard wrote. "I wish to add my own support for Professor Casello’s appointment. His reputation as a respected administrator combines with his exemplary teaching and strong research activity to provide a robust foundation to lead and strengthen Waterloo’s graduate studies and postdoctoral research programming. Additionally, his input as a senior member of my group will be highly valued."

SLC/PAC expansion to go ahead

An image of the SLC/PAC expansion with a checkmarked "yes" box.

The results are in for the SLC/PAC Expansion Project referendum, and both the undergraduate and the graduate students voted in favour of the project. This means the project will go to approval at the University Board of Governors. The University, the Federation of Students, and the Graduate Student Association appreciate all the students who voiced their opinions throughout this process.

In the coming months, refinements to the design will be undertaken by the University, the Federation of Students, and the Graduate Student Association. Students will be kept informed at each stage of the process, and can contact either the President, Federation of Students or President, Graduate Studies Association. Questions can be sent by email.

Alumni Achievement Award winners named

Alumni Achievement Awards 2015 graphic.

by Alumni Relations.

Congratulations to our 2015 alumni award recipients for making impact every day by envisioning opportunities and making them a reality!

Across Canada and around the world, Waterloo alumni are making significant contributions to their University, their professions and their communities. The Alumni Awards recognize these individuals for changing the world the Waterloo way.

Check out this year’s award recipients:

  • Robert MacIsaac (Faculty of Arts)
  • Vanessa Pinelli (Faculty of Arts)
  • Upkar Arora (School of Accounting and Finance)
  • Meng Wang (School of Accounting and Finance)
  • Dan Latendre (Faculty of Applied Health Sciences)
  • Christina Marchand (Faculty of Applied Health Sciences)
  • Marc Morin (Faculty of Engineering)
  • Ryan Gariepy, Patrick Martinson, Matt Rendall, Bryan Webb (team alumni medal, Faculty of Engineering)
  • Brent Tweddle (Faculty of Engineering)
  • Fangjin Yang (Faculty of Engineering)
  • Carol Layton (Environment)
  • Taarini Chopra (Environment)
  • Raess Hussain-Aamir (Mathematics)
  • Erik Demaine (Mathematics)
  • John C.R. Hele (Mathematics)
  • Tom Duff (Mathematics)
  • Leslie Dunning (Science)
  • Greg Dick (Science)
  • Arshad Siddiqui (Science)
  • Paul Boutros (Science)
  • Jim Reimer (Science)
  • Johnny Wideman (Conrad Grebel)
  • Catherine Horgan (St. Jerome’s)
  • Leslie Woo (Renison)
  • Brian Drew (Renison)
  • William Pristanski (St. Paul’s)

Congratulations all!

Link of the day

T.S. Eliot on great detective fiction

When and where

Reading Week, Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 19.

UWRC Book Club, “Undermajordomo Minor” by Patrick deWitt, Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Battling Internet censorship and surveillance, "Find out how Ian Goldberg is combating Internet censorship and surveillance with privacy-enhancing technologies," Thursday, February 18, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., DC 1302. Please register – seating is limited.

Hagey Bonspiel, Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m., Ayr Curling Club.

Senate Meeting, Monday, February 22, 3:30 p.m.

Pursue a part-time or on-line degree at Waterloo, Undergraduate programs, Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 p.m., TC1208.

Waterloo International presents a DAAD Faculty Information Session featuring Dr. Alexandra Gerstner, director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Centre, Toronto Tuesday, February 23, 2:00 p.m., Quantum Nano Centre.

Author event featuring Marc Degens, "God's Busted Knee," Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m., EV3 3406.

Noon Hour Concert: Timepoints: The Toronto Percussion Ensemble, Wednesday, February 24, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College.

New Faculty Information Social Series: Copyright and Licensing, Wednesday, February 24, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., EV1 241.

Velocity Start presents Do People Want Your Sh*t?, Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

UWSA Special General MeetingThursday, February 25, 9:00 a.m., DC 1302. Coffee and treats available at 8:45 a.m.

Declutter Your Life: The Physical & Visible, Thursday, February 25, 12:00 p.m., MC 5501.

WaterTalks Lecture featuring Dr. Susan Hubbard, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, “Geophysical approaches for quantifying watershed structure and function”, Thursday, February 25, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Master of Taxation Open House, Saturday, February 27, 10:00 a.m., Downtown Toronto.

Gender and Equity Scholarship Series, “Gendered or neutral? Considering the language of human-computer interaction,” Tuesday, March 1, 11:30 a.m., MC 5501.

Renison presents a guest lecture featuring Director-General Rong Chuan Wu, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Toronto, “Taiwan’s Foreign Policy,” Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 p.m., REN 2106.

WatRISQ Seminar featuring Motoh Tsujimura, Associate Professor of Operations Research, Faculty of Commerce, Doshisha University, Japan, “Assessing Capital Investment Strategy under Ambiguity,” Tuesday, March 1, 4:00 p.m., DC 1304.

Sawatsky Lecture featuring Sir James MacMillan, “The Spiritual in Music,” Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Noon Hour Concert: Afternoon’s Night Music, Wednesday, March 2, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Pursue a part-time or on-line degree at Waterloo, Graduate programs, Wednesday, March 2, 12:00 p.m., TC1208.

Velocity Start presents How To Find Your Customers Online, Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Conrad Grebel presents The Music of James MacMillan, Sunday, March 6, 3:00 p.m., St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Kitchener.

Velocity Start presents Science Brainstorming, Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

Noon Hour Concert: Stealth in Concert, Wednesday, March 9, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Velocity Start presents Pitch Like A Pro, Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

East Asian Studies presents a guest lecture featuring Philip Seaton, Hokkaido University, “Pop Culture, History and “Contents Tourism” in Japan,” Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m., REN 2106.

CV tips, Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 p.m., TC 1112.

Noon Hour Concert: Haydn String Quartet, Friday, March 18, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.