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Dean's Message - May 2016

We were fortunate once again this year to have received a record number of applications for admission to our academic programs. This is a tribute to all our faculty, alumni, staff and students who spread our reputation – from the outreach and recruitment teams to those whose work carries our reputation.

Future undergraduates waiting anxiously for their offers will be excited to know that their studies here will set them up for 7 of the top 10 careers on this annual ranking of best jobs, which includes data scientist, statistician, information security analyst, mathematician, software engineer, computer systems analyst and actuary.

Congratulations to these colleagues and students for recent accomplishments:

  • Tom Coleman, selected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • Michelle Ashburner, winner of the Federation of Students Teaching Award
  • Students Kamaljot Dhaliwal (CFM) and Rudder Zhang (BMath), members of the global champion CFA Institute Research Challenge team  
  • And these Waterloo Putnam competitors:
    • Team members Daniel Spivak, Shouzhen Gu and Paul Musgrave (with coach Stephen New)
    • Daniel Spivak was one of the top six competitors and hailed as a Putnam Fellow
    • Sina Abbasi, Trevor Clinkenbeard, Shouzhen Gu, Michael Pang, Fengyang Wang were among the top 150 of the 4275 contestants
    • Letian Chen, Wenchao Du, Mohamed El Alami, Zhengyu (Jarry) Gu, Andrew Jay, Nikita Kapustin, Taras Kolomatski, Antonio Molina Lovett, Nihal Pednekar, Frieda Rong, Li Xuanji and Michael Zhu were among the top 350 contestants

As our new term begins, some opportunities to keep in mind:

  • Help celebrate the Centre for Computational Mathematics tenth anniversary by attending a public lecture in which Professor Dick Peltier will describe how high performance computing can model ocean turbulence and climate variability in the ice-age.
  • You may wish to nominate a colleague for the Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching
  • Our Faculty HeForShe leader, Jo Atlee, reminds us that there is funding for faculty-led research projects that investigate and address gender equity, with preference given for projects that advance Waterloo’s three IMPACT 10x10x10 commitments or of demonstrated relevance to Waterloo. See the full Call for Proposals.

Stephen Watt, Dean

Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo

Stephen Watt