Congratulations to Ihab Ilyas, recently named ACM Distinguished Scientist.
Congratulations also to Eduardo Martin-Martinez, winner of the 2014 Polanyi Prize in Physics, for early stage researchers in Ontario.
Finally, congratulations to a number of our students for their accomplishments in the past month:
- the Waterloo Black team (Volodymyr Lyubinets, Deon Nicholas, and Geoffry Song) finished first in the ACM Regional Programming Contest and will compete at the ACM-ICPC World Finals in Morocco on May 16-21, 2015. Also among the 140 teams from 61 schools competing, the Waterloo Red (Daniel Hui, Nihal Pednekar, and Hongbo Zhang) and Gold (Antonio Molina Lovett, Ted Ying, and Andy Huang) teams, consisting entirely of first and second year students, placed seventh and eighth respectively, and Waterloo Gold won the Extreme Programmers award for the earliest correct solution. Many thanks to faculty advisor Troy Vasiga, helped by Ed Chrzanowski from CSCF, for their work with the teams.
- the Waterloo International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) team earned gold medal standing and overall best model award among the 225 competing teams at the World iGEM Competition. They developed and analyzed differential equation models to aid in the design of their genetic circuitry. Many thanks to Brian Ingalls, the faculty advisor for the interdisciplinary Math Modeling Team: Jama Hagi-Yusuf, Tessa Alexanian, Samantha Hirniak, Brandon Fung, John Drake, Jonathan Manson-Hennig, Rollen D’Souza, Kevin Thai, James Hawley, Matt Smart, Jeff Barrett, Jason Chau, and Gabriella Morgenshtern.
- Mathematics/Business student and varsity hockey player Colin Behenna was named Athlete of the Week for his impressive contributions to the Warriors’ recent win streak.
Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo