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Welcome to Math Innovation

In 2019, as a step to meet the Faculty of Mathematics strategic objective to foster entrepreneurship and innovation among inclined students and faculty members, the Dean created a new Associate Dean title: Associate Dean, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, creating Math Innovation!

From the first spinoff company, Structured Computing Systems in 1974 (later known as WATCOM, acquired by Sybase, and later SAP) to an impressive, growing list of startups and spin offs, our faculty, students, and alumni are solving interesting problems and commercializing their ideas. The Math Innovation Team aims to build strategic research partnerships between the Faculty of Mathematics researchers, industry, and not-for-profit sectors, while building a culture of entrepreneurship in the Faculty, and promoting Math Innovation both externally and internally.

Our researchers, in the Faculty of Mathematics, are working with industry on everything from fighting cancer, using mobile phones and drones for a zero-carbon future, using Artificial Intelligence to improve autonomous vehicles, mapping the globe, and figuring out how to identify and fix catastrophic computer failures.

Math Innovation is the essential conduit between the world-changing research being done by Math faculty and students, and Waterloo's entrepreneurial and industrial partnership sphere.  It is an exciting new approach to Waterloo Math’s storied history of startups and entrepreneurial success and will be a nexus for the Waterloo academic and technological communities to collaborate and thrive.

Mark Giesbrecht, Dean of Mathematics.

Technology is constantly evolving and as a direct result, the workforce is rapidly changing. To adapt to modern business expectations and realities, Esteban Veintimilla (BMath ‘18) founded 1Mentor to help students prepare for entry into their careers. 1Mentor is an AI-Powered platform that enables high levels of education and navigates students through the rapidly changing job market, and has recently received recognition as a top 100 tech company to watch for in 2022.

As we enter the digital age and work to harness the potential of quantum computing, there is an increase in risk of new forms of cyber-attacks. To prepare for these attacks, The United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) called on cryptographers to create new algorithms to protect government and industry communications from attacks by quantum computing.

This past summer the Faculty of Mathematics was excited to welcome Stephanie Whitney as Director of Research and Innovation Partnerships. She will help raise research profiles, initiate and develop industry and government relationships and secure funding to support student entrepreneurship. Stephanie has a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability (2018), Masters in Environment and Business (2013) and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Environmental Engineering with an option in Management Science (2004).