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Dean's Message - March 2016

Distinguished Professors Emerti Alan George and Frank Tompa have been chosen to receive the Canadian Association for Computer Science (CACS/AIC) Lifetime Achievement in Computer Science Awards.  It is deeply satisfying to see these two colleagues, both of whom I knew as a graduate student decades ago, receive this highly deserved recognition.

Congratulations to Professor Ian Munro on his renewed Tier 1 Canada Research Chair  in Algorithm Design and to Professor Luke Postle, a new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Graph Theory.

Our students continue to distinguish themselves in international competitions. Congratulations to the Waterloo team – Steven Barnett, Jimmy Fang, Cedric Koh, Amogh Seth and Helen Zhou – on their 5th place finish (out of 52 teams) in the Rotman International Trading Competition. Jimmy reports that they had an incredible run of consistency on every case and were proud to have toppled past top finishers such as Berkeley and MIT.

The READI project in Actuarial Science continues in its first steps in Indonesia.  Please welcome our new staff member Laura Wilson, who has joined us as the READI Project Officer.

The next Bridges Lecture is “Mathematics, Music and Visual Art”. Nathan Selikoff and Dmitri Tymoczko will explore some of the many connections between mathematics, music, and visual arts, using as a springboard their collaborative work-in-progress with the Kitchener-Waterloo symphony.

Please come out this afternoon to cheer on the brave graduate students who will compete to represent our Faculty in the UW Three-Minute Thesis Competition.  The ability to communicate the essential points clearly and concisely is important.   I wish all our colleagues in committee meetings were equally skilled in this regard.   In that spirit, let’s end here.

Stephen Watt, Dean

Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo

Stephen Watt