On the Shoulders of Giants
Celebrating our Past, Building our Future
Mathematicians and computer scientists of today build on the knowledge and discoveries made by those who have come before them. Two such giants in the field were Professor William Tutte and J. Wesley Graham.
This Alumni Weekend, the Faculty of Mathematics will offer alumni, family, and friends an engaging lecture series that will showcase these incredible faculty founders who were ahead of their era, followed by a talk from an alumnus doing cutting edge work in that area.
8:30 am - Dean, Eggs, and Ham: Dean's Lecture (DC 1301, Fishbowl)
Dean, Eggs, and Ham: Dean’s Lecture (breakfast will be served) – Prof. Stephen M. Watt
Kick off your visit back to campus with complimentary coffee, breakfast, and Dean Stephen M. Watt! Housed in the William G. Davis Centre Fishbowl, Dean Watt will provide a visionary lecture and outline the newly released Faculty of Mathematics Strategic Plan which aims to be the framework to move the Faculty forward in pursuit of its vision to be a world leader in mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
"Mathematics and computer science lie at the heart of our modern technological society, giving the choice of direction for the Faculty of Mathematics the potential for far-reaching impact in Canada and globally. How we determine this direction is the purpose of the Faculty of Mathematics Strategic Plan"
9:30 am - William Tutte: Mathematician and Codebreaker (DC 1302)
Join Prof. Daniel Younger for an engaging one hour lecture to learn more about Prof. William “Bill” Tutte, one of the most influential code breakers of the Second World War who spent more than two decades quietly shaping the University of Waterloo’s fledgling Faculty of Mathematics into a global powerhouse.
Because of his immense contributions to the University, on what would have been Tutte’s 100th birthday, on May 2017 the campus road connecting the math buildings was named William Tutte Way.
"We should never forget how lucky we were to have men like Professor Tutte in our darkest hour and the extent to which their work not only helped protect Britain itself but [saved] countless lives."
DAVID CAMERON British Prime Minister,
in a 2012 letter to Tutte’s remaining family in Newmarket, England
10:45 am - Entering the Era of Quantum Computing: Challenges and Opportunities (DC 1302)
Presented by Professor Michele Mosca (BMath '95), co-founder of Waterloo's cryptography centre and the Institute for Quantum Computing, and is a leader in the field of quantum information.
Emerging quantum technologies will change the way that our online information is stored and secured. To be cyber-safe we must be quantum-safe. It’s possible, but we need to start planning now if we want to be ready in time. Quantum-safe cryptography expert Prof. Michele Mosca, co-founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, provides insight into the new security challenges that will arise with evolving quantum technologies and what needs to happen to protect ourselves from security threats such as viruses, fraud and identity theft.
12:00 pm - 25, 50 & 55-YEAR ANNIVERSARY LUNCH (Main Hall, Federation Hall)
Enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon and join alumni from all across campus to celebrate your 25th, 50th or 55th anniversary at this very special celebration! University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur will bring words of welcome and it will be a great chance to reconnect with your classmates and friends.
Alumni from all faculties and colleges are invited to attend.
COST: $25 PER PERSON
12:00 pm - Alumni Class Luncheon (DC 1301, Fishbowl)
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Register for lunch in the Davis Centre Fishbowl if you are attending Alumni Weekend with a class group.
2:15 pm - Wesley Graham: Father of Computing (DC 1302)
Presented by Professor Kenneth McLaughlin
Join Prof. Kenneth McLaughlin for an engaging one hour lecture focusing on J. Wesley “Wes” Graham, a math professor who is known as the father of computer science at the University of Waterloo. Graham was an early catalyst for the developments that spurred the growth of Waterloo as numerous software company spinoffs emerged from the campus.
Because of his immense contributions to the University, in May 2017 Canada’s biggest campus supercomputer, capable of unprecedented data processing installed in the former Red Room, was named Graham.
3:30 pm - From Campus to the Red Carpet (DC 1302)
Presented by Academy Award Winner & J.W. Graham Medal recipient, Kim Davidson (MMath ‘81)
Find out more about how a 3D visual-effects software company in the hyper-competitive industry has kept innovating for three decades to win this year’s Oscar for insane special effects by Kim Davidson, President and CEO of SideFX, a company he co-founded in 1987.
An exhibit from the Computer Science Museum will be available through the day.
We hope that you will join us on June 1 to celebrate the past and future of the Faculty of Mathematics!
Limited space. Please RSVP by Friday, May 17th!.
If you want to grab some lunch and/or a pint, the Grad House will be open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
If you are not a Waterloo alumnus or you are a Waterloo student please REGISTER HERE!