Congratulations to Nashid Shahriar who received the 2020 Alumni Gold Medal for outstanding academic performance in a doctoral program and Ishan Bansal was named a University Finalist for the Alumni Gold Medal for a Master’s program.
The Office of Alumni Affairs recognizes top graduating students for academic achievement by awarding the Alumni Gold Medal and University Finalists at convocation. Shahriar is one of two medalists at Waterloo and Bansal is one of five outstanding students from various faculties who represent our exceptionally gifted community of graduate scholars who are creating knowledge and generating transformative research for the betterment of society.
Shahriar was a PhD student in the Systems and Networking group working under the supervision of Raouf Boutaba, professor and director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science. His research advanced the state-of-the-art in network virtualization, a step necessary to realize the next-generation of communication networks. Shahriar considered a variety of failure scenarios, formulating reliable network virtualization problems mathematically and solving them optimally, as well as devising fast algorithms that scale to large problem instances. Since July 2020, Shahriar has been working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Regina.