Dean's Message - May 2012

I’m pleased to welcome a number of people to new roles in our Faculty. Spring is definitely a time for new beginnings!

Christiane Lemieux will serve as interim chair of the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science for one year beginning July 1. Maureen Fraser is the new administrative assistant in Applied Mathematics. William Lewis, Information Systems & Technology (IST) computing consultant, is working part-time with MFCF staff on some centralized service project work. Heather Steinmetz has joined Computer Science on a permanent basis as recruitment coordinator.

Two distinguished computer science speakers Jeanette Wing from Carnegie Mellon and Cynthia Dwork from Microsoft Research - visit Waterloo this month. Everyone is welcome to attend these lectures.

Our students continue to shine in international competitions!

Congratulations to Ian Charlesworth, Volodymyr Lyubinets and Yuelin Sun for their top 200 finishes in the Putnam Mathematics Competition. 12 Waterloo students placed in the top 500 out of 4,440 competitors from 572 colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S.

I would also like to congratulate the Waterloo Black team (Tyson Andre, Benoit Maurin, Anton Raichuk, and coach Ondrej Lhotak) for finishing first in the University of Chicago Invitational Programming Contest. This contest brought together all 22 Canadian and U.S. teams that have qualified for the World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest to be held May 14 to 18 in Warsaw, Poland. Waterloo Black solved nine problems, beating runners-up Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton. Alberta finished eighth, University of British Columbia (UBC) 10th and Toronto 13th. Best of luck in Warsaw, Waterloo Black!

Ian Goulden

Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo