Dean's Message - August 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Ming Li, CEO of RSVP Technologies Inc. This startup company will receive up to $950,000 from the federal government to build cutting-edge software that hears questions and provides answers in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. 

It was great to see the University of Waterloo featured so prominently in this Globe and Mail report on Business piece highlighting Waterloo Region as a technology and innovation hub.

Prof. Michael Terry and PhD candidate Adam Fourney are giving Pebble smartwatch owners the opportunity to put photographs of loved ones right on their wrists. Their company WatchPop recently won an award in the Pebble Timeline Challenge.

The new CEMC courseware supporting teachers and students of grade twelve advanced functions and pre-calculus, and calculus and vectors, won the 2015 Canadian Network for Innovation in Education award for Excellence and Innovation in the Integration of Technology in the K-12 Classroom. In the first six months of this year, the courseware attracted over 26,600 unique individuals from 144 countries, who worked through 68,000 pageviews with an average session time of 8.5 minutes! Incoming students are using these tools to polish their math skills and address any gaps identified in the Math Readiness Assessment.

Computer Science student JK Liu was the first to add a student-developed feature to the Student Portal. His Open Classrooms widget allows students to view nearly real-time classroom availability to use as study space.

Finally, we welcome Carlos Mendes, new Administrative Officer in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

I hope that you are taking some time to enjoy the summer with family and friends. Orientation week will be here before we know it.

Stephen Watt, Dean

Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo

Stephen Watt