Alumni Profiles

Susie and Lauren

Math alumna and family mark inaugural Celebrating Women in Mathematics Day by removing barriers for future female mathematicians

Susie Foley (BMath ’06, MAcc ‘07) has extra reason to celebrate her birthday this year, as May 12th has been designated by World Meeting for Women in Mathematics as the international day to Celebrate Women In Mathematics.

The date was selected to honour Maryam Mirzakhani, who to date is the only woman to receive a Fields Medal. Sadly, only three short years after receiving the award, and at age 40, Mirzakhani lost her fight with cancer. She was a mathematics professor at Stanford University and considered one of the greatest mathematicians of her generation.

Fred Ngan and Michael Chan

Nothing traditional about this Bowtie

For nearly 20 years, Hong Kong hadn’t issued a license for a new life insurance company. In 2018, a new company with nontraditional ideas founded by Fred Ngan (BMath ’07) and Michael Chan (BMath ’08) received a new license.

Henry and Hussein of SnapTravel smile for the cameraEntrepreneurial Waterloo grads connect to change the travel game

Henry Shi and Hussein Fazal honed their skills, found their passion, and gained confidence while attending Waterloo before founding SnapTravel, a new model for booking hotels that combines convenience and savings as fast as you can send a Facebook message.

Waterloo grad Sam Pasupalak listens at a boardroom tableFrom Waterloo to Microsoft: An entrepreneur’s hustle

Sam Pasupalak was studying computer science at the University of Waterloo in 2008 when he found out that Bill Gates was delivering a talk on campus. Pasupalak didn’t have a ticket to the Microsoft chairman’s talk — but that didn’t stop him. Once he found a way in, he was so inspired by Gates’ talk that he went on to co-found an AI startup that Microsoft purchased last year.

Karen KopciukGiving back and having a positive impact: the M3 Rock Circle Project

From a young age, Dr. Karen Kopciuk (MMath ’95, GCERT ‘01, PhD ’01) had a passion for learning and for medicine. Starting her career as a dental hygienist, she soon came to realize her interest in research extended deeper than she ever imagined. Making the decision to return to school as a mature student, Karen completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary before coming to the University of Waterloo for her Master’s and PhD degrees in statistics.