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Volunteer ties


In 2019, Faculty of Mathematics volunteers gave nearly 8000 hours to committees, mentoring, speaking, launching events, and marking math contests! In honour of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), we are kicking off the celebration with a series of profiles introducing you to some of the incredible people who help to advance the work of the Faculty on campus and across the globe. #CheersToVolunteers #NVW2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Patrick Hayes, BMath ‘12, Co-founder and CTO, SigOpt

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What Waterloo volunteer opportunities have you participated in? 

  • San Francisco Entrepreneurship Alumni Dinner – Host
  • Faculty Entrepreneurship Initiatives – Advisor
  • Speaker

Get to know Patrick... 

1. Why did you choose Waterloo and the Faculty of Math?

Math was my passion from a young age! When I knew Math was what I wanted to study, Waterloo was the obvious choice.

2. Did you participate in campus and extracurricular activities? If so, which ones?

I was on the Federation Orientation Committee (FOC) for Math Orientation Week in 2010. I also loved participating in intramural sports, like beach volleyball.

3. How did your experience at Waterloo help you find your first position after graduation?
I did my Waterloo co-ops at tech companies which gave me a great breadth of experience to decide what I wanted to do and where I wanted to live. It helped me find a great tech team to join in NYC.

4. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done professionally since leaving Waterloo?

In 2014, I moved to San Francisco and founded SigOpt, where we help machine learning modelers do their best work.

5. Why do you choose to donate your time to Waterloo?

I had a great time coming to Waterloo to speak to students about what I learned at UW that helped me found a start up. It was a great experience and since then I've enjoyed collaborating with UW whenever I can.

6. What would you tell others about the positive benefits of volunteering?

It's been a great opportunity for me to meet other alumni in San Francisco and hear about the great things they are accomplishing after they graduated.

Immediate opening for an Alumni Representative on the MathSoc Board of Directors!