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Dean's Message - July 2015

It is an honour to return to Waterloo, after some 30 years, as Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics. The university and the city around it are thriving, in no small part due to the achievements of the past and present people of Math. I am excited to be re-joining this distinguished community of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs. It is great to be back!   

The first thing I would like to do is to express my deepest appreciation for Ian Goulden. His masterful leadership as previous Dean has brought the Faculty to new heights. We are all benefiting from his effective and tireless efforts. Thank you, Ian.  

Turning to this month's news, we see it is a season of awards. Please join me in congratulating our colleagues and students:

  • Faculty and staff in the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), recipients of the NSERC Award for Science Promotion 
  • Steve Drekic (Statistics and Actuarial Science) and David Harmsworth (Applied Mathematics), winners of the 2015 Faculty of Mathematics Awards for Distinction in Teaching
  • Raouf Boutaba (Computer Science), inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the profession
  • Tamer Ozsu (Computer Science) and colleagues, whose paper was recognized with the ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award as having the most impact over the last decade
  • Eric Katz and Laura Sanita (Combinatorics and Optimization), recipients of Early Researcher Awards
  • Applied Math graduate students Keegan Keplinger (best poster) and Noel Chalmers (best student paper), honoured at the 2015 AMMCS-CAIMS and Conference of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada (CCFDSC), respectively. Noel also won the prize for best student talk at the CCFDSC conference.

Stephen Watt, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo

Stephen Watt