2012 Graham Medal Award Winner
Following his studies at Waterloo, Watt served as a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre in Yorktown Heights, New York. There he worked on computer algebra systems and compilers.
Since 1996, Watt has been a Professor, first at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in France and then at the University of Western Ontario (Western University), initially appointed as Chair of the Department of Computer Science. In 1988, Watt was a co-founder of Maplesoft, a software company based on Maple. In 2001, he joined the board of directors of the Descartes Systems Group Inc., a software-as-a-service company, where he served as Chair of the Board 2003 to 2007 and Lead Independent Director starting in 2011.
Widely regarded as Canada’s top figure in computer algebra, Watt has received numerous awards for his work.