Dean's Message - October 2013

It was great to see everyone at the annual faculty banquet, where we welcomed 10 new colleagues and celebrated the fantastic career achievements of retiring faculty members Steve Brown and Frank Tompa – along with our distinguished teachers and alumni achievement award winners.

No sooner did we get the new academic year started with a fun Orientation Week, when it was off to the Ontario Universities' Fair to connect with future students. The last week in September also saw the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science and the Math Advancement Team run a successful Reunion Weekend. My thanks to everyone involved in these events.

Congratulations to Banting Postdoctoral Fellow Maïté Dupuis in Applied Mathematics and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient Abbas Mehrabian in Computer Science. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership skills.

I would also like to congratulate Rudi Chen and Shida Li, victorious at the Nokia Imaging Hackathon in Lund, Sweden. Graduate students Amenda Chow, Matt Kloosterman and Krishan Rajaratnam also distinguished themselves with prizes for their presentations at the recent Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science Conference.

26 students in our Faculty have made this year’s President’s Athlete Academic Honour Roll (PDF) maintaining averages over 80% while competing in a varsity sport.

It’s sometimes interesting to see how we’re viewed south of the border. Computer Science Professor Kate Larson and PhD candidate Lachlan Dufton’s work on the housemates problem, which recommends a randomization approach, appeared in the Washington Post blog recently.

Ian Goulden

Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo