Dean's Message - October 2016

After a whirlwind September, remember that our students get a short study break following the Thanksgiving weekend this month.

It’s my pleasure to recognize and congratulate these colleagues for their recent, well-deserved recognition:

  • Ihab Ilyas, holder of the Thomson Reuters-funded Research Chair in Data Cleaning from Theory to Practice
  • Tamer Ӧzsu, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Karen Yeats, recipient of a 2016 Humboldt Research Fellowship
  • Yeying Zhu, awarded SSHRC funding in support of her research on the causal mechanism of reputation in e-commerce.

Our Bachelor of Mathematics in Financial Analysis and Risk Management (FARM) undergraduate program (Finance Specialization) has been recognized by the CFA Institute. In other news for the Mathematics and Business Programs, our new institutional partnership with Thompson Reuters includes access to the Eikon financial analysis system for the M3 finance lab, providing students and researchers with enhanced opportunities to apply financial theory to practice.

The READI (Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia) project is gaining momentum with workshops connecting senior representatives from universities, life and general insurance companies, Government of Indonesia, the Embassy of Canada, and national and international associations to discuss the challenges facing the actuarial profession and actuarial education in Indonesia.

A record number of students participated in this year’s Small c Math Contest. Congratulations to all, especially Jun Yan who earned a perfect score of 150 out of 150!

This month brings the opportunity to enjoy learning from these invited speakers:

Finally, please welcome Devon Merner, who recently joined CSCF as an IT specialist.


Stephen M. Watt, Dean

Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo

Stephen Watt