Dean's Message - June 2013

Recent news about our international profile - the 2013 QS World University Subject Rankings show that Waterloo ranks in the global top 50 in three subject areas: Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics and Operations Research.

This organization also notes that computer science and mathematics appear in the top 10 most viewed among the university subject rankings. This bodes well for increasing student interest in our academic programs, enabling us to continue choosing from among the world’s best and brightest.

A warm welcome to new Combinatorics & Optimization faculty member Bill Cook and new development officer Meaghan Middleton-Firman.

Congratulations to Bovas Abraham, awarded honorary membership in the Statistical Society of Canada, and Frank Tompa, who received an honorary degree from Dalhousie University.

Robert Bixby and Hans-Ulrich Gerber will receive honorary doctor of mathematics degrees at our morning and afternoon convocation ceremonies (respectively) on June 14. Valedictorians Brian Vethanayagam (morning) and Terrence Chin (afternoon) will also address the graduating class, and these outstanding students’ achievements will be recognized:

  • Ahmad Abdi, Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
  • Boyu Li, Governor General Silver Medal
  • Krithika Suresh, Alumni Association Gold Medal

Also honoured at the afternoon convocation will be Doug Stinson, new University Professor; and Jay Steele, awarded this year’s J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation.

Jay will present “Startup dreams, venture capital, acquisitions and big companies” on June 13 at 2 pm in William G. Davis Computer Research Centre (DC) 1302 with a reception to follow. Everyone welcome!

Best of luck to the Waterloo Black ACM team, competing in the International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in St. Petersburg, Russia June 30 to July 4.

Ian Goulden

Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo