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Dean's Message - May 2014

Congratulations to Ken Davidson, recently honoured with the Canadian Mathematical Society’s David Borwein Distinguished Career Award.

The University of Waterloo team did extremely well in the 2013 Putnam Mathematical Competition, finishing seventh overall, and first among Canadian universities. The top five teams were MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Harvard, and Cal Tech.

Congratulations to Waterloo team members Kangning (Colin) Chen, Volodymyr Lyubinets, and Hao Sun, and to coach Professor Stephen New of the Pure Mathematics department.

Many Waterloo students performed exceptionally well in the competition, with six among the top 200 individuals. Kangning (Colin) Chen and Sam Eisenstat each received honourable mention and were both ranked 40th among the 4,113 contestants. Volodymyr Lyubinets and Daniel Spivak both ranked in the top 100. Ariel Gershon and and Paul Musgrave both ranked in the top 200.

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual contest for university students in the U.S. and Canada. Waterloo has finished in the top five 18 times since 1968.

Our recruitment team was quite pleased with the recently released “Best jobs of 2014” list. The ranking is based on environment, earning potential and employment outlook. The top eight jobs are:

  1. mathematician,
  2. university professor (tenured),
  3. statistician,
  4. actuary,
  5. audiologist,
  6. dental hygienist,
  7. software engineer, and
  8. computer systems analyst.

This will certainly come in handy when future students and parents ask about career prospects for our graduates.

Ian Goulden

Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo