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Laura Atkinson

Laura Atkinson

Rogers Cable

“If you told me eight years ago that I would be working in TV I wouldn’t have ever guessed that!” Laura Atkinson reflects. The Waterloo alumna graduated in 2002 with a major in Combinatorics and Optimization and a double minor in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics. Even before she graduated, her career has essentially steered its own course.

Peter Cebo

Peter Cebo

Loblaw Companies Limited

Sometimes life will take you to foreign places, where there are plenty of opportunities available for the taking. Then when you return, there are some more waiting for you at home. Waterloo alumnus Peter Cebo can personally attest to this.

Maggie (Hong) Chen

Maggie (Hong) Chen

Toronto General Hospital

Maggie Chen, who completed her Masters of Mathematics in Statistics at Waterloo in 2004, has been in various roles as a biostatistician. Having done some work at a major pharmaceutical company called GlaxoSmithKline, she wanted to do more academic work for the society other than the private sector research.

William John Cook

William John Cook

Chandler Family Chair in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech

2011 winner, PhD 1983 Combinatorics & Optimization

Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

Bill Cook is the Chandler Family Chair in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his PhD in Combinatorics & Optimization from the University of Waterloo in 1983. Cook spent two years as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Bonn, and he has held positions at Cornell, Columbia, Bellcore, Rice, and Princeton.

Abdel El-Shaarawi

Abdel El-Shaarawi

Research Scientist, National Water Research Institute at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters

PhD 1973 Statistics

A notable alumnus of the University of Waterloo is Dr. Abdel El-Shaarawi. After completing his PhD in Statistics in 1973, Dr. El-Shaarawi went to work as a research scientist at the National Water Research Institute at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington.

Joseph Emerson

Joseph Emerson

Associate Professor

Kitchener-Waterloo Top 40 under 40

Associate professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo and affiliate member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Also a faculty member of the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute and a scholar with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Naghmeh Ghafari

Naghmeh Ghafari

Alumna, MASc ’03, PhD ’09

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Kardium,” says UWaterloo alumna, Naghmeh Ghafari, of the medical tech company where she leads safety and risk analysis. The Vancouver-based company is developing a groundbreaking medical device for the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation that can lead to stroke and heart failure.

Peter Gogolek

Peter Gogolek

Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY

BMath 1982, MPHIL 1986

“The label of having a University of Waterloo Mathematics degree certainly got me in the door at the beginning. Waterloo had an excellent reputation for its Mathematics,“ says Dr. Peter Gogolek.

James Hamilton

James Hamilton

VP and Distinguished Engineer, Amazon Web Services

James is currently VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services where he is focused on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1997 with a Masters of Math, Computer Science.

Derrick Ho

Derrick Ho

Vice-President of Investments, Covington Capital Corporation

BMath 2002, MAcc 2003

“Academics will only get you so far. It is your personality and your soft skills that transform employees to leaders.” says Derrick Ho.

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt

Director of Applications Development, Environment Canada

BMath 1981

Contrary to popular belief, having a Mathematics degree does not always mean ending up with a job in banking. Waterloo graduate, Andrew Hunt, says he took his position at Environment Canada because they “had interesting things going on for them… and it wasn’t banking.”

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Founder and President, Adaptive Asset Management Ltd.

For alumnus, Rob Jackson there was no question where he would go for graduate studies. “Waterloo is recognized as the top school in Canada for statistics, so naturally I wanted to be there.”

Rebecca Liu

Rebecca Liu

Bank of Montreal

Against the faint backdrop of the beautiful Toronto Harbour is the industrial heart of the city. The Financial District, at and around the King/Bay intersection, is home to some of the most prestigious law firms in the country, known as the ‘Seven Sisters’.

Daryl Low

Daryl Low

Software Engineer, Yahoo

BMath Computer Science, Software Engineering Option, 2001

“I love tapping into the incredible potential that Yahoo! has. They have so much information at their disposal”, says Daryl Low.

Ian MacKinnon

Ian MacKinnon

Alumnus, BMATH ’06, MMATH ’08

To alumnus Ian MacKinnon, hackathons are no laughing matter. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. 

Lylan Masterman

Lylan Masterman

CrowdFlower

“Waterloo attracts the best and the brightest, the leaders of tomorrow… Leaders are rarely stuck behind a keyboard coding 40-80 hours per week. Instead, leaders are networking, building business plans, doing competitive analysis, and deciding how to win customers,” says Waterloo alumnus Lylan Masterman.

Michael Moran

Michael Moran

Research Scientist, Environment Canada

BMath 1979, Applied Mathematics

Dr. Michael Moran is a research scientist with Environment Canada, specializing in air quality research. His job includes developing and improving air quality forecast models which help forecast air pollution in the near and long term future.

Shawn Neely

Shawn Neely

Technical Director, Pixar

BMath 1986, MMath 1988

“I like to use both sides of my brain,” says Shawn Neely, “I’m a technical person but I also have many creative hobbies.”

Dan Petker

Dan Petker

Desire2Learn

It isn’t hard to find contrary examples to the ‘computer science geek’ stereotype. During his four years of undergraduate study at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science here at the University of Waterloo, Dan Petker (BCS, ’08) was – and still is – heavily involved with a local theatre company, K-W Musical Productions.

Liam Quinn

Liam Quinn

Team Lead, Research In Motion

BMath 2001

“I chose Research In Motion (RIM) back in 2003 because I liked the BlackBerry,” says Waterloo Computer Science graduate Liam Quinn, “The ability to look up information anywhere was, and still is very cool.”

Shirley Song

Alumna

Working hard in school could really pay off – not only within the classroom, but outside of it as well. Shirley Song, a Waterloo alumna in Honours Actuarial Science, graduated with distinction while successfully keeping up with a plethora of professional and extra-curricular activities.

Jennifer Stott

Jennifer Stott

Royal Bank of Canada

With technology advancing so drastically every day in the information age, students thinking of pursuing a career in computer science may find this to be a cause for concern. Will the technical skills that they have spent a good part of their youth learning be obsolete a few years from now?

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