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Dean's Message - September 2015

September is here and in a few days we shall be welcoming new and returning students to Waterloo and the Faculty of Mathematics.  May these last days of summer be a superb start to a successful fall term!

Team Canada returned from the 27th International Olympiad in Informatics in Almaty, Kazakhstan with four medals! Congratulations to students Jacob Jackson, Timothy Li, Farbod Yadegarian and Ben Zhang, and their coaches J.P. Pretti and Troy Vasiga. 

Since 2012, the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Olympiad Scholarship has helped attract International Olympiad in Informatics and International Mathematics Olympiad medallists to Waterloo. These outstanding students from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Macedonia, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Tunisia and Turkey have chosen Waterloo for undergraduate studies in our Faculty.

Joanne Atlee has been appointed as the first Director of Women in Computer Science

Congratulations to these colleagues for recent accomplishments:

  • Lila Kari, honoured with the Rozenberg Tulip Award for the DNA Computer Scientist of the Year
  • Eric Katz and colleagues, who have proved Rota's 45-year old conjecture on the log concavity of the characteristic polynomial of matroids.

Welcome to these new staff members:

  • Jordyn Gray-McInnis, new Computing and Financial Management Program Manager
  • Brian Moffat, new Business Manager in the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing

Turing Award winner Mike Stonebraker from MIT presents "The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box (How Riding a Bicycle across America and Building Postgres Have a Lot in Common)"  on September 14th at 2pm in the Humanities Theatre. I am looking forward to attending the lecture and hope you are able to as well.

Stephen Watt, Dean

Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo

Stephen Watt