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Schien Dong

Schien Dong, BCS '07

Founder, Antradar Software

“The University fundamentally changed my core perspectives and ways of thinking. The seeded changes have had a lasting impact on how I navigate my career choices.”

Marilyn Sandford

Marilyn Sandford, BMath ’87

Partner, Ritchie, Sandford and McGowan Barristers

“A Waterloo math degree is not like any other math degree.  It is an elite institution.”

Mark Noskiewicz, BMath '82

Mark Noskiewicz, BMath '82

Partner, Goodmans LLP

“I loved mathematics and in ’78, Waterloo was the place to go.” 

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson, MMath '88

Founder/President, Adaptive Asset Management Ltd.

“Building a company from the ground floor to an industry-leading firm is an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Naghmeh Ghafari

Naghmeh Ghafari, MASc ’03, PhD ’09

Lead, Safety and Risk Analysis

"I am looking at systems and manufacturing techniques and trying to analyze safety to ensure that it is safe to put this device into someone’s heart."

Sarab B.

Sarah B.

Senior Math Ambassador

Program: 
3A Honours Math/Teaching, Co-op

Robin Cohen

Robin Cohen

Professor
Professor at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, constantly has a massive heap of papers sitting on her office desk. This is most indicative of her near-superhuman workload. First of all, she has a heavy administrative role as Director of UWaterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University's new Computer Science/Business Administration Double Degree program. Not only does she manage the everyday operations and the external promotion of the program, she also has to co-ordinate communications with Laurier.
Keith Freeland

Keith Freeland

Business Administration and Mathematics Double Degree Program Director/Advisor

The sense of accomplishment you get when interacting with students is the most rewarding thing about teaching. Engaging students in some thought, getting them to think about a problem at hand and solving it, is very satisfying.

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.

James Hamilton

James Hamilton, MMath '97

VP and Distinguished Engineer, Amazon Web Services

“You can’t work in hardware or software anywhere in the world and not respect the University of Waterloo."

Cynthia Chan

Cynthia

Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy

Hometown: Markham, ON

Extra curricular activities: The AcaBellas, Students Offering Success, Intramural Dodgeball, Math Orientation Team, Cuban Salsa Club

“People are more important than things.” – Randy Pausch

Alex

Alex

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Computer Science, Co-op

Past co-op position:
Web Content Coordinator, AGF Management Ltd., Toronto

Hometown:
Oakville, ON

Extracurriculars:

Henry

Henry

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program:

2A, Computer Science, Co-op


Hometown:

Kano, Nigeria


Extracurricular Activities:

Soccer, Math, Reading

Why did you choose to study at Waterloo?

I was attracted to Waterloo because it has a good and reputable Computer Science program, and I felt I would be at home and have a good time in its enthusiastic mathematical atmosphere.

Stephen

Stephen

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
2B Pure Math and Mathematical Economics, Co-op

Hometown:
Toronto

Extracurriculars:

Yu-Ru Liu

Yu-Ru Liu

Professor
Riding a wave of inspiration from her own university professors, Yu-Ru Liu approaches teaching in a unique way – to inspire her students, relate to them as best she can, and treat them as if they were her own. With an overwhelming excitement to meet her students every term, Liu brings a maternal instinct into the classroom. “Being a new mom, I have a different outlook on teaching now. I want to teach [my students] the same way I would want someone teaching my own children. I look at them like my own kids now so it’s easier to be relaxed and play with the material a bit more,” says Liu.

Jennifer Shen

Exchange

Fall 2016 - 3B
Computer Science, Honours Co-op

United Kingdom - University of Birmingham, England

Jennifer (Zijing) Shen's Exchange Summary

Yibei

Yibei

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program:
3A Math/FARM, Co-op

Past internship position:                       Sun Life Financial

Hometown:
Shanghai, China

Extracurriculars: 

Painting Dancing

Why Waterloo?

I chose Waterloo because of the Co-op program.

Zihui Rockie Zhang

Fall 2014 - Exchange

HONG KONG - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

For me, exchange to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) was like giving myself a term off and having some rest.

Ian Goulden takes a pie in the face for Pi Day.

Ian Goulden

Professor

Perhaps rightfully so, most people are cynical when they hear a CEO praising his or her own firm. As Dean of Mathematics at Waterloo (2010-2015), Ian Goulden was essentially the CEO of the Mathematics faculty, but his testimonial holds great credibility because he faithfully spent his entire academic career at this institution.

Maggie

Maggie

Senior Math Ambassador

Program: 

Serge D’Alessio

Serge D’Alessio

Associate Dean | Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach
Perhaps the best indicators of the quality of an instructor’s teaching are testimonials from his pupils. According to one Rate My Professors website reviewer who has taken MATH 212 with Serge D'Alessio: “Words aren't enough to describe the amazingness [sic] of this prof. He's super clear, and super organized. Encourages students to ask questions and is genuinely interested about the material he teaches. You can see his excitement when he's talking about Maxwell's equations.” Others have attested to Serge’s dedication, saying that he is willing to “skip Thanksgiving to hold a review session for you before a midterm”.
Micca

Micca

4A Statistics Major with a minor in Computer Science

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Extracurricular activities:A cappella and volunteering for the Math faculty!

 

When things get harder, it just means you’ve leveled up.

Hannah

Hannah

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Actuarial Science, Co-op

Past co-op position:
Actuarial Analyst Intern, Assuris, Toronto ON

Hometown:
London, ON

Extracurriculars:

Ian MacKinnon

Ian MacKinnon, BMath ’06, MMath ’08

Co-Founder, Latergramme

"Hackathons are the best networking you will ever find to meet new developers."

Francine Vinette

Francine Vinette

Lecturer

Living in Italy and France for a long period of time is an entirely different experience than visiting these countries as a tourist. This trip allowed for us to be immersed in the local culture and explore what the city had to offer.

Mary

Mary

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Mathematics/Teaching, Co-op

Past Co-op Position:
Math learning assistant, Sheridan College, Oakville

Hometown:
Mississauga, ON

Extracurriculars:

Melissa Lee

Exchange

Mathematics – Information Technology Management, Co-op (3B)

Fall 2015 - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (CUHK)

Hello! Or to be more appropriate 你好! My name is Melissa Lee and I decided to travel across the world to study in Hong Kong at the Chinese University of Hong Kong during my 3B term.

Andjela

Andjela

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Math/FARM

Hometown:
Windsor

Extracurriculars:

Dan Wolczuk

Dan Wolczuk

Professor
Taking a natural skill and hobby and molding it into a dream job wasn’t Wolczuk’s intention when he was thrust into the teaching world in 2004. Looking back retrospectively, it’s a surprise that the connection didn’t come to him earlier. Motivated by a love of all aspects, teaching is a perfect fit for this extrovert. “I just love everything about it – the material, the teaching. I love watching students get the A-Ha! moment”, says Wolczuk.
Nina Thomsen

Nina Thomsen, BMath '83

Independent Consultant

"Computer Science was just blossoming in the late 70s and early 80s.”

Calvin

Calvin

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador



Program: 
3A Computer Science

Hometown: 
Mississauga, ON

Extracurriculars: 
UWHKSA, Waterloo Ski/Snowboard Club

Haolong Zheng

Haolong Zheng

Undergraduate Student
Haolong is a Mathematical Finance student at the University of Waterloo. This program originated as a graduate degree, but is now also offered at the undergraduate level. When he was 18, Haolong moved to Canada from China to complete his 12th grade of high school.
Michael and Spencer

Michael Rouben and Spencer Gardner

Graduates of Mathematical Physics, Co-op

Two recent Math grads develop biofeedback athletic gear

Dynamic Academic Ventures creators: Spencer Gardner, on the left, and Michael Rouben stand in front of UWaterloo’s Math and Computer building.

David McKinnon

David McKinnon

Associate Dean | Undergraduate Studies
There is one thing David McKinnon absolutely despises: poor instructing. “There are a lot of weak instructors who are in denial about it, or don’t want to work on improving it for a host of reasons. There’s nothing to be said to such people,” he remarks.
Peter Balka with his guitar

Peter Balka

Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy Program Advisor


Keep an open mind when you come to university. Just because you signed up for a program does not mean you’re trapped in it if you find it doesn’t suit your interests and abilities. There are always options and opportunities available.

Johnson

Johnson

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 4B Statistics with minors in Actuarial Science and Computer Science

Hometown: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Extracurriculars: Orientation leader, Executive for the UW Cooking Club, Singapore Malaysian Association, and Math Grad Ball               

Conrad Hewitt

Conrad Hewitt

Lecturer

Every day was in itself a highlight and a privilege. Living in two different cities and environments
for the entire three months is quite a remarkable experience. The students
are forced to test and develop their adaptability and resilience in various challenging situations. Furthermore,

Cheyenne

Cheyenne

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Honours Mathematics, Co-op

Past co-op position:
Statistical methods analyst, BlackBerry, Waterloo

Hometown:
Toronto, ON

Extracurriculars:

Lawren Maris

Exchange

Exchange Fall 2015 (4A)
Business Administration WLU (Double Degree) and Mathematics UW, Honours Co-op

TianYi

TianYi

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
2A Mathematics&Business Administration, Co-op

Hometown:
Kitchener

Extracurriculars:                    General Volunteer - Volunteer Centre

Why Waterloo?

1. The WHY-NOT spirit!

Stephen New

Stephen New

Professor
A lecturer who describes teaching as a way to help build understanding, Stephen New first started at Waterloo in 2000 as a core math instructor teaching introductory courses to math, science and engineering students. Similar to his colleagues, New walks into the classroom excited to teach. “There’s no need to find motivation for it, I just enjoy it,” said New. Over the past 13 years, his dedication to teaching has taken him across the world all while flying the Waterloo flag.
Mike Carter

Mike Carter, BMath '71, MMath '74, PhD '80

Professor, University of Toronto

"I enjoy working on practical applications of math."

Da Qi

Da Qi

Senior Math Ambassador



Program: Combinatorics & Optimization, Graduate Studies

Hometown:  Magog, Quebec

Extracurriculars: Travel, lots of travelling

Why did you choose to study at Waterloo?

Waterloo is well-known for its mathematics and co-op programs and I always enjoyed math so it was rather a natural choice.

Jeffrey Gao

Jeffrey Gao

Undergraduate Student
“Waterloo is always a challenge,” says Financial Analysis and Risk Management student, Jeffrey. “The academics make sure you always push yourself and continue to learn. It forces you to work at your best capabilities.” When Jeffrey is not in class or keeping up with his coursework, he likes to write.
Olivier Gilbert

Olivier Gilbert

Undergraduate Student
“I grew up in a small farming, community-based town near Montreal” says Math student Olivier, “I did math and science for fun, so I was always the odd person out.” Olivier consistently received support and encouragement from his family for his love of math, but was always keen on seeking out ways to get involved and help others.
Alfred Menezes

Alfred Menezes

Professor
Before going to class, Alfred Menezes purposely discards his lecture notes in order to force himself to know all aspects of the material and to present a highly organized lesson. Spontaneity is also the key to making his classes interesting. “I think students find it more engaging when the lecture is more lively and not just copying from a piece of paper; the material needs to be developed as we speak,” says Alfred.
Michael Liu

Michael Liu

Information Technology Management (ITM) Program Advisor




I like video games that require strategic thinking. I also like building toys (the Mega Bloks Halo line is my favorite) and models like Gunpa. I think my basement looks better than Toys R Us.

Sachin

Sachin

Undergraduate Student
Sachin is a second year Mathematics student who has grown his passion for education and teaching in his time here at the University of Waterloo. Originally from Kingston Ontario, Sachin has found a second home here at UWaterloo, where he is involved in just about every aspect of university life! Whether out on the Quidditch pitch or working hard in the classroom, Sachin is a well rounded student who is always willing to lend a hand.

Lindsey Pogue

Fall 2015 Exchange

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Mathematics, HCO – Computer Science,Honours Co-op Fall 2015 (4A)

My name is Lindsey Pogue and I spent my 4A Computer Science term in Christchurch, New Zealand studying at the University of Canterbury.

Surya Banerjee

Mathematical Economics program advisor

Helena

Helena

Senior Math Ambassador

Program: 3A Actuarial Science, Co-op

Past co-op positions:
Actuarial Intern, Ernst and Young LLP, Toronto ON

Cashier/Receptionist, Corporation of Delta, Delta BC

Hometown:
Richmond, BC

Urwah

Urwah

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program:  4B, Math Business Single Degree/ Minor in Computer Science

Hometown:                              Lahore, Pakistan

Extracurriculars:

Daniel

Daniel

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
4B, Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy, Co-op

Past co-op position:                      Data Scientist, Capital One, Toronto

Hometown:                             Toronto

Extracurriculars:

Levent Tuncel

Levent Tuncel

Professor
A humble and hardworking professor, Tuncel takes a no secrets approach to his craft. Between acting as associate dean, graduate studies for a two year term beginning in July 2011, on top of supervising a number of undergraduate research assistants, multiple masters students, and a handful of PhD students, all while conducting his own research, and teaching courses in Combinatorics & Optimization, you would expect him to be an expert juggler. However, Tuncel says he does not have a magic formula to being successful. Instead it’s about preparation, care, hard work, and focusing your passion.

Lucy Wang

Exchange

United Kingdom - University of Warwick (Warwick, England)

Winter 2017 Exchange - 4B
Math/Financial Analysis & Risk Management-Chartered Financial Analyst Specialization, Honours, Co-op

Fred

Fred

Senior Math Ambassador

Program: 
2B Computer Science/Business Double Degree, Co-op

Past co-op position: 
Software Developer, SAP, Waterloo

Hometown: 
North York, ON

Patrick Hayes

Patrick Hayes

Undergraduate Student
Patrick is a Math student in Computer Science and Pure Math. Patrick is originally from Guelph, but has found himself on co-op terms in Waterloo, California, and New York working for both large and small start-up technology companies. Patrick loves that he is always surrounded by smart people at Waterloo and loves the people and colleagues that he gets to interact with.
Jason Sun

Jason Sun

Fall 2014 - Exchange
J.P. Pretti

J.P. Pretti

Professor

Professor John-Paul (J.P.) Pretti came to the University of Waterloo for his undergraduate degree and has stayed here ever since. He graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics (joint degree in Combinatorics & Optimization and Pure Mathematics). Then, he went on to complete his Master of Mathematics (at UWaterloo, of course). And now?

David Harmsworth

David Harmsworth

Mathematical Studies Program Advisor
Chrissy

Chrissy

Undergraduate Student
Chrissy is a third year Applied Mathematics co-op student at the University of Waterloo. Always interested in the applications of mathematics to the real world, Chrissy has found a perfect fit for her in the Applied Mathematics program. Through co-op, Chrissy has been able to experience first hand the applications of classroom learning to a variety of real world situations.
Rajwant

Rajwant

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 3B Actuarial Science

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Extra curricular activities: Community Service, Swimming, and Field Hockey

Past co-op jobs: Sate Farm (Insurance), Grant Thornton (Business Advisory), Ernst & Young (Pensions) and Sheridan College (Teaching).

Matthew

Matthew

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program:                                        3A Math/FARM, Co-op

Past co-op position: 
Technology Co-op, Deloitte, Toronto

Hometown: 
Pickering

Extracurriculars: 

Melody

Melody

Senior Math Ambassador




Program: 3A Actuarial Science with the Finance Option

Past co-op position:
Analyst, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto

Hometown: Markham, ON

Extracurriculars: UW Language and Culture Exchange Club, reading and swimming

Ruiying

Ruiying

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
2A Math /CPA, Co-op

Hometown:
Vaughan

Extracurriculars: ICSN

Why Waterloo?

It looked to be the best option for me at the time. Also, the co-op program seemed interesting since I could gain real work experience in school.

Aurora Borealis in Kiruna

Garry Chan

Winter 2015 - Exchange Program

Sweden – University of Lund
Lund is a vibrant student city in the southern part of Sweden. It's the perfect exchange location if you want to experience the Scandinavian culture. In Lund, there's sittnings (dinner parties with songs), nations (student clubs), and fika (coffee breaks). 

Do you remember all new experiences that you had when you started university? The level of excitement during exchange is on par with that. You learn to adapt and make new friends from all over the world very quickly.

Josh

Josh

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Math/FARM, Co-op

Past co-op position:
Accounting Analyst, Imperial Oil, Nanticoke ON

Hometown: 
Sarnia, ON

Extracurriculars: 
Intramural volleyball

Melissa

Melissa

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador


Program: 
4A, Information Technology Management, Co-op

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Extracurricular Activities: Hiphop, Play instruments (Piano, violin, guitar), Sing Karaoke

Ridhima Sareen

Ridhima Sareen

Undergraduate Student
“I’ve loved math ever since I can remember”, says Math student Ridhima as she describes why Waterloo was the best choice for her, “For me, the selling factor for Waterloo is that it has a Math faculty, and that it has co-op”.

Liwen Lu

Fall 2014 - Exchange

Taiwan - National Taiwan University (NTU)

Liwen Lu, Computer Science, Honours Co-op (3A)

I have been interested in Taiwan for a long time, but as a Computer Science coop student, it is difficult to plan a long-term trip, so I choose to have an exchange to National Taiwan University (NTU).

Jeffrey Shallit

Jeffrey Shallit

Professor
Take a walk through William G. Davis Computer Research Centre (DC) and peer into room 3134. There, you will find books and papers piled from the floor to the ceiling, a rock collection, and one of 2011’s winners of the Distinguished Teachers Award for Mathematics, Professor Jeffrey Shallit. Professor Shallit has been teaching at the University of Waterloo since 1990, and has been a professor for about 30 years.
Diana Skrzydlo, her husband, and their two kids

Diana Skrzydlo

Statistics and Actuarial Science Program Advisor

I came to Waterloo in 2001 as an undergrad student and never left!

The great thing about studying at Waterloo is that everybody in the Faculty of Mathematics loves math. A lot of times people who love math are considered nerds, but at Waterloo, we’re all nerds!

Ameesha

Ameesha

Undergraduate Student
Ameesha is a third year Bioinformatics co-op student at the University of Waterloo. Initially starting her university career in the Faculty of Science majoring in Biology, Ameesha has found a way to bridge her love of biology and computer science through the Bioinformatics program. Through co-op, Ameesha has had the opportunity to travel internationally while gaining work experience in the field that she loves.
mehul

Mehul Srivastava

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador


Program: 3B, Computer Science, Business Option, Co­-op

Hometown: Dehra Dun, India

Extracurricular activities: Tutor Connect, Photography, Math Orientation

Galen

Galen

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Mathematical Economics, Co-op

Past co-op position:              Software Developer, S&P Capital IQ, Toronto

Hometown:                           Oakville, ON

Extracurriculars:   

Maria Michaela

Micca

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
4B Statistics, Co-op

Past co-op position:
Data analyst, Environment Canada's Ontario Storm Prediction Centre, Toronto

Hometown:
Mississauga, ON

Extracurriculars:
The University of Waterloo A Cappella Club

Patrick Ge

Exchange

HONG KONG - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Winter 2016 Exchange - (Double Degree) Business Administration (WLU) and Mathematics (UW), Honours Co-op Program - 5B

Barbara

Barbara

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Actuarial Science, Co-op

Past co-op position:
Actuarial Student, London Life Insurance Company, London ON

Hometown:
Toronto, ON

Extracurriculars:

Garry Chan

Winter 2015 - Exchange Program

Sweden – University of Lund
Lund is a vibrant student city in the southern part of Sweden. It's the perfect exchange location if you want to experience the Scandinavian culture. In Lund, there's sittnings (dinner parties with songs), nations (student clubs), and fika (coffee breaks). 

Do you remember all new experiences that you had when you started university? The level of excitement during exchange is on par with that. You learn to adapt and make new friends from all over the world very quickly.

Ryan

Ryan

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Math/Teaching, Co-op

Past co-op position: 
Math Circles Assistant, Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, Waterloo

Hometown: 
Peterborough, ON

Extracurriculars: 
Cross-Country, Tennis 

Scott McKee

Scott McKee

Undergraduate Student
“When I came from high school, I was a complete introvert,” says Computer Science student Scott. Since then, Scott has come out of his shell and become involved. During his university career, Scott has been on MathSoc for the past six years, the Federation of Students for the past three, and was a peer helper at St. Jerome’s.
Ben Langendoen

Ben Langendoen

3A, Math and Business Double Degree

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

Interests: Intramural Soccer, Intramural Volleyball, Math Volunteer Opportunities



"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

Ian VanderBurgh

Ian VanderBurgh

Professor
In a class of 200 students – a large percentage of which are spectators who aren’t even registered in the section – Ian VanderBurgh would typically learn two-thirds of their names. He says, “It makes the students feel a lot more connected to me and it helps me feel a lot more connected to them.”
Judy Reidt

Judy Reidt

Math/ELAS Program Coordinator/Advisor


I see these students come into the program needing help with their English language skills; then go on and flourish from that and continue on in the Faculty of Mathematics, and to be a part of this process is very rewarding.

Flora

Flora

Undergraduate Student
Flora is a fourth year Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy co-op student at the University of Waterloo. Through co-op, Flora has had the opportunity to figure out how different organizations and teams work to determine what will be the best fit for her in the future. Next term, Flora will be living in Velocity where she will work with industry professionals to start her own business idea.

Ximeng Li and Chuqi Meng

Fall 2015 Exchange

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Ximeng (Simon) Li and Chuqi (Gina) Meng went on Exchange fall 2015 and both are;
Mathematics, HCO (double major) students. 

Here is their story....

Xing-Xu

Xing-Xu

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Math/CPA, Co-op

Past co-op position:
Junior Staff Accountant, Rosenberg Smith & Partners LLP, Concord ON

Hometown:
Etobicoke

Extracurriculars:

Lirong Yang

Exchange

Switzerland - ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) Zurich

Fall 2016 Exchange - 3B

Combinatorics & Optimization, Honours
Pure Mathematics, Honours

Benjamin

Benjamin

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
2A Math/CPA, Co-op

Hometown:                              Cayuga

Extracurriculars:

Jackie Baek

Winter 2015 - Exchange Program

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Visit Jackie Baek's blog - Singapore Exchange

How to Apply for International Exchange

4 days in Phuket, Thailand

Sarah F.

Sarah F.

Senior Math Ambassador

Program: 
3A Math/Business Administration, Co-op

Past co-op position:              Software Tax Analyst, H&R Block, Toronto

Hometown: 
Toronto, ON

Extracurriculars: 

Xinyi Zhao

Xinyi Zhao

Undergraduate Student
“School is important, but it’s really important to enjoy yourself”, says Xinyi as she muses on about her various academic and professional accomplishments. Xinyi is currently in her final year at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Management. Xinyi came to Canada from Beijing when she was 11 years old and settled in Brantford. There, she completed junior high and high school.

Laura

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 2B, Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Extracurricular activities:
Refereeing intramurals, volunteering with the FEDS Food Bank.

Fun Fact: I've modelled for the Faculty of Mathematics brochures.
 

Troy Vasiga

Troy Vasiga

Professor
Lately, there has been a viral video circulating of Troy Vasiga dancing behind a podium at the opening ceremonies of the International Olympiad of Informatics (IOI) 2010, where University of Waterloo played host to the world’s top high school computer scientists. Is Troy quirky? Perhaps. But there is no denying that he earns genuine respect from his students in part because of his quirkiness.
Riley Metzger with his kids

Riley Metzger

Statistics Program Advisor

A lot of students, such as myself, already have a program in mind when they arrive. I came to university interested in applied mathematics but after two years decided that it’s not my thing. My courses were still general enough that I could switch to statistics from applied math without slowing down my degree process.

Cristina Rosu

Cristina Rosu

Math Financial Analysis and Risk Management (FARM)

Program:
Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management (Math/FARM), planning on specializing in Risk Management

Hometown:
Toronto – North York

Skylar

Skylar

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador


Program: 2B, Computer Science


Hometown: Nanjing, China


Extracurricular activities: Swimming Club, IPCN mentor

Peggy

Peggy

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
2A Math CPA, Co-op

Hometown:
Chengdu, China

Extracurriculars:

Chinese Classical Dance Student Offering Support

Why Waterloo?

The Math CPA program! Math and Accounting plus Co-op!

Penny Haxell

Penny Haxell

Professor
Joining the Faculty of Mathematics in 1993 as an assistant professor, Haxell took a love for the beauty of mathematics and turned it into a teaching style.

Karolina Gaebe

Exchange

SINGAPORE - Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Fall 2016 Exchange

Mathematics, HCO
Applied Math/Biology Option – 3A

Boriana

Boriana

Senior Math Faculty Ambassador

Program: 
3A Actuarial Science - Finance Option, Co-op

Past co-op position:
Underwriting and Sales&Distribution Co-op, Northbridge Financial, Vancouver BC

Hometown:
Vancouver, BC

Extracurriculars:

Lemeng (Sophie) Feng

Fall 2014 - Exchange

Hong Kong – Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

I did my exchange in Hong Kong in Fall 2014. For me, the reason I chose Hong Kong is that working in Hong Kong is so very attractive to me. I want to experience what it is like working and living in that part of the world, to prepare myself for future possibility of moving there.

Bruce Neve

Bruce Neve, BMath '77

President, Canadian Operations, True Media

“My math background has helped me approach problem solving in different ways, in creative ways.”

Deanne Farrar

Deanne Farrar

Senior Vice President, Industry Solutions, Bycast Inc.

2006 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath '88

Jahanzeb Meghani

Exchange

Heriot-Watt University (Exchange) Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Fall 2015 – Mathematics Honours – Actuarial Science/Finance Option (3B)

I did my 3A semester abroad in Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Initially, I was quite hesitant of leaving my friends and family and travelling on my own in a stranger country. The idea of living out of a suitcase was very unsettling. Now, ever since I came back I could only think of how fulfilling those four months have been.

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Peter Savich

Co-founder, Nutch

2002 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath '85, MMath '87

Peter was an outstanding varsity and semi-professional basketball player who pursued law and business, providing valuable intellectual property counsel to emerging tech companies.

James Mitchell

James Mitchell

Vice President, Sun Laboratories, Sun Microsystems Inc.

1997 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BSc '66 (Mathematics)

Jim was one of the original developers of the WATFOR compiler while an undergraduate at UWaterloo.

Professor Kenneth McLaughlin

Retired Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Waterloo

Kenneth McLaughlin retired in September 2008 after a career as Professor of History at the University of Waterloo and St. Jerome’s University. In 2009 he was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Waterloo. After earning a BA through what was then St.

Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Ricardo Baeza-Yates

Director of Yahoo! Research Barcelona in Spain and also Yahoo! Research Latin America at Santiago, Chile

2007 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

PhD '88 Computer Science

Ricardo’s PhD research in the late eighties was a key component in the New OED project which formed the basis of the world's first full fledged web search engine, as deployed by a then small UWaterloo spinoff company in 1995.

Jeromy Carriere

Jeromy Carriere

Engineer Director, Google Inc. - New York Office

Jeromy Carriere (BMath ’95 Computer Science) is an engineering director with Google leading a number of teams that develop core components of Google's production cluster management infrastructure.

Paul Van Oorschot

Paul Van Oorschot

Vice-President & Chief Scientist, Entrust Technologies Ltd.

2000 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath '84, MMath '86

Paul played a leading role in developing Nortel's Cryptographic Centre of Expertise and then in the spin-off company, Entrust Technologies.

Professor Daniel Younger

Retired Professor Emeritus, Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo

Born in New York City, Daniel Younger was educated at Columbia University, as undergraduate and graduate student, culminating in a PhD in 1963. His Thesis was entitled "Feedback in a Directed Graph." He continued the next year work on Directed Graphs as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. 

Steven Woods

Steven Woods

Site Director, Google Inc.

2010 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

PhD '96

William Reeves

William Reeves

Manager, Animation Research & Development, Pixar Animation Studios

1996 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath '74

Bill's career has been with Lucasfilms and Pixar developing new imaging models that allow spectacular and intellectual film imaging.

His work on Toy Story was recognized in 1995 with an Oscar for innovation in film making.

Professor Michele Mosca

Professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo

Zack Urlocker

Zack Urlocker

Chief Operating Officer, Zendesk

2011 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

MMath ’86, Computer Science

Eric Veach

Eric Veach

Distinguished Software Engineer, Google Inc.

2008 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath '90, Computer Science

Jay Steele

Jay Steele

Former Senior Director, Blackberry - Halifax Office

BMath '95

Yutong Wu

Exchange

EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Switzerland

Winter 2017 (February to August 2017)

I did exchange and research internship at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland from February to August 2017. It was my first time in Europe and it was so different from anywhere else I have been. It took me a while to get things I needed before school because of my poor French but everything worked out :)

F. David Boswell

F. David Boswell

VP and General Manager, Siebel Institutional Finance

2003 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath '78, MMath '80

David held executive management positions with software companies ranging across the spectrum of growth stages, including LivePage Corporation, Sybase Inc., Powersoft Corporation and Watcom.

Stephen M. Watt

Stephen M. Watt

Professor at the University of Western Ontario and Lead Director, Descartes Systems Group.

2012 Graham Medal Award Winner

Stephen is a Distinguished University Professor at Western and Lead Director, Descartes Systems Group.  Stephen completed a PhD in 1986 in Computer Science  and a Masters of Math in 1981 in Applied Math at the University of Waterloo. While at Waterloo, Watt was one of the original authors of the Maple computer algebra system.

Jerry Xue

Exchange

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Winter 2017 - Computer Science, Honours Co-op (3B)

Randall Howard

Randall Howard

Chairman at VERDEXUS portfolio investments iotum and Maintenance Assistant

2011 winner, BMath 1975 Computer Science

Garth A. Gibson

Garth A. Gibson

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Panasas Inc.

2005 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath '83

Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

While a graduate, Garth did the groundwork research on Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) that represents what is arguably the single biggest breakthrough in data storage in the last quarter century.

Kevin Nguyen

Exchange

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Winter 2017 (3B) - Mathematics/Business Admin, HCO (minor in Computer Science)

I'm Kevin kevin.nguyen@uwaterloo.ca

For some exchange photos of me in Asia, please check out this Google Drive #KevInAsia
 

Dan Dodge

Dan Dodge

President, QNX Software Systems Ltd.

1998 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BSc '77, MMath '81

Dan co-founded QNX in 1983 to develop real time operating systems for embedded applications.

He led the company to become the leader in "embedded" technology, with applications world-wide, ranging from manufacturing automation and process control to telecommunications, car navigation and medical imaging.

Vicki Greenwood

Vicki Greenwood, BMath '85

Portfolio Director at TD Bank Group

During Y2K, “I celebrated New Year’s early with my family and then, went in to the office.”

Ian McPhee

Ian McPhee

President, Watcom International Corporation

1995 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath 73, MMath 79

Ian was the founder of Watcom in 1981, becoming president in 1986.

He provided innovative leadership to enable Watcom to achieve international recognition as technology leader in the programming tools and database segment of the personal computer software market.

Bruce Ballantyne

Bruce Ballantyne, BMath '79

VP, Finance & Administration, CR Plastic Products Inc.
“When I joined the company, there were 60 employees… We're now Stratford's largest private employer with more than 250.”

Kim Davidson

Kim Davidson

President and Chief Operating Officer, Side Efects Software Inc.

1999 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BES 78, MMath 81

Kim co-founded Side Effects Software in 1987. Utilizing the 3D animation system PRISMS, this company became a world leader in advanced 3D graphics, animation and special effects software used by major film producers.

Kim received the 1998 Technical Achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.

David P. Yach

David P. Yach

Senior Vice President of Software, Research in Motion

2004 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath '83

In his executive roles at Watcom and later Sybase, David made key contributions to the design and development of Watcom C/C++ and Watcom Structured Query Language (SQL) (later known as SQL Anywhere).

Loraine Marrett

Loraine Marrett, BMath '69

Senior Scientist, Cancer Care Ontario (Semi-retired)

“I feel passionate about my UW experience. It ultimately led to a wonderful overseas experience and a very fulfilling career in cancer epidemiology.” 

Terry Stepien

Terry Stepien

President, iAnywhere Solutions

2001 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal

BMath 81, MMath 88

Terry demonstrated innovative work in language compilers and computer networking with UWaterloo's Computer Systems Group prior to joining Watcom and leading the successful launch of Structured Query Language (SQL) Anywhere software.

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