In addition to a new dean in the Faculty of Mathematics starting on July 1, we welcomed two new unit heads. Jochen Koenemann returns as chair of the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization and Raouf Boutaba becomes the eighth director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.
Mark Giesbrecht became the 12th dean of the University's Faculty of Mathematics for a five-year appointment. Giesbrecht joined Waterloo as an associate professor in 2001. Service has long been part of his career – he was Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Cheriton School of Computer Science (2002-2005), associate director of the school (2009-2011), and most recently as its director (2014-2020).
Koenemann returned to his role as chair for a two-year term. He has previously served as chair from 2010-2011 and 2016-2019. He joined the combinatorics and optimization department as an assistant professor in 2003 and then promoted to associate professor in 2008 and a full professor in 2013. Koenemann recently became an Amazon Scholar, working with Amazon's Modeling and Optimization team on strategic network planning issues arising in Amazon's fulfillment operations.
Boutaba joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science in 1999 as an assistant professor. In 2002, he was promoted to associate professor and in 2007 to full professor. In 2016, he became the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Mathematics and, in July 2019, was appointed its first Associate Dean of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. An award-winning researcher, Boutaba also has a long track record of collaboration with the industry. His four-year term started July 1.