Dean's Message - March 2014

It was great to see so many colleagues out to greet our 2014 applicants at March Open House on the weekend. Thanks to all who contributed to this successful event.

I am pleased to welcome colleagues Benoit Charbonneau, Conrad Hewitt, J.P. Pretti and Cyntha Struthers to the Faculty, following our consolidation agreement with St. Jerome’s University.

Global university subject rankings published by U.K. firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) show Waterloo at 24th in the world in Computer Science and 24th in the world in Mathematics.

BMath 1990 (C&O/CS) Eric Veach was awarded two Academy Awards for movie innovation recently. His work in a completely different area, Google ads, was recognized with an Alumni Achievement Award in 2008. I remember him from a fourth year class in which he was notably smart. Eric won the Alumni Gold Medal upon graduation, and went on to a PhD in computer science at Stanford.

We’re looking forward to two public lectures this month, and catchy titles seem to be the order of the day:

The Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science is hosting a memorial event on March 28 to pay tribute to our founding dean, Professor David Sprott, who passed away December 13, 2013.

Ian Goulden

Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo