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Fall Convocation 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

From the UW Daily Bulletin:

At 2:00 p.m., 123 students from Environment and 514 students from Mathematics, including Computing and Financial Management, will receive their degrees.

Bearing the mace will be Jean Andrey, Dean of the Faculty of Environment.

Birgit Moscinski will sing the national anthem.

David Donoho.David L. Donoho will receive an Honorary Doctor of Mathematics and address Convocation. Donoho is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of the Humanities and Sciences and a Professor of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is widely regarded as being one of the greatest statisticians of his generation. His pioneering work has contributed to the development of many fields such as statistics, applied mathematics, and signal processing. His contributions include the modern theory of statistics by developing optimal statistical estimation methods in the presence of noise, and efficient techniques for sparse representation and recovery in large and high-dimensional data-sets, which have had a deep impact on the field. He is one of the most cited mathematicians and statisticians of our time, having published more than 250 high quality journal papers with the top ten papers having been cited more than 50,000 times. In 2012, he became a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and also Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. In 2013, he became a Shaw Prize Laureate.

David DeVries will receive the K.D. Fryer Gold Medal, which is given for high academic standing in mathematics together with good student citizenship.

John Doucette and Hadi Hosseini will receive the Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student.

John Doucette.Doucette, a doctoral candidate at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, is recognized for being approachable, thorough, and passionate about teaching. When ranking Doucette’s teaching on a scale from 1 (unsatisfactory) to 4 (outstanding), one student asked, “Can I give John a 5? Because he deserves one. John is phenomenal!” And another student remarked that “even though it was an 8:30 a.m. lecture, his classes were always full.”

Hadi Hosseini.Hosseini is a highly-motivated PhD candidate at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. He is able to get his students actively involved in the classroom and encourages them to answer (and ask) questions. He shows students that he is genuinely interested in them by learning their names and entertaining “tangential conversations about Computer Science after lectures.” This personal engagement is reflected in Hosseini’s high course evaluations. One undergraduate student commented that “he clearly showed that he cared about his students and their success.” Along with his studies and teaching, Hosseini works at the Centre for Teaching Excellence as a Teaching Assistant Workshop Facilitator to help guide other Waterloo graduate students in advancing their knowledge, techniques, and skills as instructors.

John Doucette will receive the award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies at the Doctoral level.