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Profiles and stories

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In 1967, a tiny “start-up” university in Waterloo created the first Faculty of Mathematics in North America. That June, the first person to ascend the stairs at convocation to confer with the newly-minted BMath was Jean Elizabeth Anthes.

Since that day, another 14,133 women have graduated from the Faculty.

Young woman sitting on a desk beside a typewriterThese incredible alumnae are as diverse as they are brilliant. They have taken leadership roles in industry, government and academia. They all share one quality. They never allowed anyone to limit their future. They did not listen to people who said that they couldn’t excel in math or computing because of their gender.

Below, we share some of the journeys of our WWIN members, alumni, students and Faculty. We also share stories showcasing the impact our WWIN network is having on supporting diversity in mathematics and computer science.

If you would like to share your experiences, we get you to get in touch today.

October 21, 2020

Women in Math are not Alone: Introducing the Waterloo Women's Impact Network

As a little girl, Sophie Janszen-Spitman had always been good at math.
Category: Waterloo Women's Impact Network Newsletter
October 21, 2020

Introducing our Partners

Who does WWIN support? Meet our Faculty's Diversity Leaders.
Category: Waterloo Women's Impact Network Newsletter
October 21, 2020

#IAMGOODATMATH: Recap from our International Women in Mathematics day Virtual Celebration

Alumni from Canada, the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland and Australia joined together for a virtual celebration of International Women in Mathematics Day on May 12.
Category: Waterloo Women's Impact Network Newsletter
April 27, 2020

New method could identify COVID-19-like viruses within minutes

Researchers have developed a method that can identify future COVID-19-like viruses within minutes, which could allow for quicker development and deployment of vaccines and treatments. 
Category: Waterloo Stories
April 24, 2020

Mei Ng, BMath ’94

Global Innovations Project Manager, Shell

Category: Volunteer Spotlight
April 23, 2020

Vicki Iverson, BMath ’06

Co-Founder & CTO, Iversoft

Category: Volunteer Spotlight

April 22, 2020

Why is it so hard to pay attention in videoconferences?

Studies look at tools to help make the technology more effective

Category: Waterloo Stories

April 21, 2020

Kristy Gao (she/her)

Computer Science ‘22
Category: Volunteer Spotlight
April 19, 2020

Sasha Fay, BMath '10

Senior Manager, Analytics at Cineplex

Category: Volunteer Spotlight

April 9, 2020

Flattening the COVID curve

Waterloo students help create COVID-tracking platform used by more than 300,000 people in first week

Category: Waterloo Stories

February 21, 2020

When a hobby becomes a career

Kate Atherley (BMath '92) explores her unlikely career journey from software to knitting.

Category: Impact Stories

January 24, 2020

Schulich doubles down

The nation’s largest scholarship program doubles in size, now awarding 100 annual Canadian STEM scholarships

Category: Waterloo Stories

January 23, 2020

Alumni thrive in unexpected careers

What does it mean to go beyond expectations at work? Here are a few examples to inspire you.

Category: Impact Stories

January 21, 2020

Largest beginner-focused hackathon encourages hackers to make an impact

The fourth annual StarterHacks welcomes students new to hacking to work on a team project for 24 hours

Category: Waterloo Stories

January 2, 2020

Math is the new microscope

Waterloo researcher is bridging math and medicine to develop future scientists

Category: Waterloo Stories

November 5, 2019

Designing IoT devices to benefit society

New course encourages “wild and wacky” ideas to solve real-world problems

Category: Waterloo Stories

October 1, 2019

From investment banker to personal finance expert

Alumnae Michelle Hung helps women take control of their financial futures

Category: MATH E-TIES

August 21, 2019

First-year students receive major award

Meet Waterloo’s new Schulich Leaders looking to make an impact

Category: Waterloo Stories

July 25, 2019

Bridging math and medicine to fight kidney disease

The very first computational human kidney model can help scientists better understand the effectiveness of the drugs we consume

Category: Waterloo Stories

July 23, 2019

Waterloo alumni on a mission to expand the entrepreneurial mindset

Business founders Nirbhay Singh (BASc ’17) and Zaham Mustaq (BMath ’17) aim to help entrepreneurs prioritize their personal wellness.

Category: Impact Stories

June 24, 2019

Meet the lawyer disrupting her profession

Waterloo researcher is using AI to make legal document review more effective and efficient

Category: Waterloo Stories

June 14, 2019

Waterloo students awarded prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal

Graduate students Robie Hennigar and Samuel Jaques recognized for their outstanding academic record and research

Category: Waterloo Stories

June 13, 2019

Waterloo welcomes two female computer science legends to campus

Barbara Liskov and Shafi Goldwasser (pictured above) are two of only three women to have won the prestigious Turing Award

Category: Waterloo Stories

June 13, 2019

Turing Symposium & Celebrating Women in Computer Science

Multicore Programming by Barbara Liskov (6:04 - 42:35)
Cryptography for Safe Machine Learning by Shafi Goldwasser (
46:35 - 1:42:22)
Celebrating Women in Computer Science by Maura Grossman (
1:42:27 - end)

Category: Video

June 7, 2019

Valedictorians for spring 2019 convocation

Meet the individuals inspiring Waterloo's newest grads

Category: Waterloo Stories

May 24, 2019

Embrace your difference: weird is rad

Brandy Wang (BMath ’18) took the road less travelled to achieve her goals. Here’s what she discovered along the way.

Category: Impact Stories

May 12, 2019

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.

Category: Math website

March 7, 2019

Inspiring young minds to expect equity

Professor Layton distinguished guest speaker at this year’s International Women's Day dinner

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 1, 2019

Looking back at women in math at Waterloo

Letter from the Math's only Female Dean

Category: MATH E-TIES

March 1, 2019

Maura Grossman named Director of Women in Computer Science

In January 2019, Professor Grossman became Waterloo's second Director of Women in Computer Science.

Category: MATH E-TIES

March 1, 2019

Waterloo Mathematics Helping to Solve the Problems of Inequity

From Mathematics to Medicine and Gender Equality 

Category: MATH E-TIES

March 1, 2019

Shattered Secrets

PhD candidate Erinn Atwater, an expert in the Cryptography, Security, and Privacy group at the Cheriton School of Computer Science, has developed an Android app for reporters and activists so they can encrypt their smartphones to protect sensitive information before crossing the border.

Category: MATH E-TIES

March 1, 2019

Mathematics Grad Brings Style and Service to Senior’s Daily Living Aids

After her mother suffered a stroke, Aries Lee devised an entrepreneurial idea that would change her mother’s life and bring a sense of style to home assistance living aids.

Category: MATH E-TIES

March 1, 2019

Recruiting talent around the world

Amelia Burton travels to 16 countries to present math workshops to the next generation of mathematicians and computer scientists.

Category: MATH E-TIES

February 21, 2019

Five (and a half) lessons from London

Lesson 2.5: how jellyfish can change your perspective on R&D

Category: Waterloo Stories

February 18, 2019

London summit: invest in science to “bend the universe”

Leaders tell Waterloo Innovation Summit to fund basic research to commercialize unexpected outcomes

Category: Waterloo Stories

December 10, 2018

Alumnus works to reduce preventable infant and maternal mortality

Karima Ladhani (BMath ’10) began her journey in the public service and health sector as a volunteer at various institutions devoted to improving public health outcomes while an undergrad at Waterloo. Driven by interdisciplinary approaches to health, and a commitment to helping mothers and children, she founded Barakat Bundle a curated bundle of life-saving solutions and health education to support mothers and their newborns and prevent infant and maternal mortality in South Asia.

Category: Impact Stories

December 7, 2018

Combining Stats and Storytelling

Embracing interdisciplinary research to make art.

Category: Impact Stories

December 7, 2018

Waterloo a force to be reckoned with on Forbes 30 Under 30 list

At least 11 alumni and former students make nationally recognized list for 2019.

Category: Waterloo Stories

December 4, 2018

Engineering new creations as Project Runway Designer

Engineer turned fashion designer Angela Sum (BASc '06) talks about her move from Wall Street to the runway.

Category: Impact Stories

November 14, 2018

Waterloo Innovation Summit addresses climate change at Vancouver event

Speakers series generates dialogue and action on the world’s most pressing issues.

Category: Waterloo Stories

October 26, 2018

Waterloo grad students win prestigious Alumni Gold Medals

Category: Waterloo Stories

October 1, 2018

Waterloo launches the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute

The Faculty of Mathematics leads a collaborative institute

Category: MATH E-TIES

October 1, 2018

Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Mathematics

Category: MATH E-TIES

September 25, 2018

HeForShe scholarships awarded to exceptional first-year STEM students

Students pursuing programs in science, technology, engineering or mathematics at the University of Waterloo recognized with $12,000 scholarships.

Category: Waterloo Stories

August 9, 2018

#WeBelongInTech: Saluting the Female Tech Trailblazer

Vicki Iverson, co-founder and CTO of Iversoft

Category: Video

August 9, 2018

#WeBelongInTech: Saluting the Female Tech Trailblazer

Kate Larson, Professor & Pasupalak AI Fellowship

Category: Video

August 8, 2018

#WeBelongInTech 

Women in Computer Science 10th Anniversary

Category: Video

June 1, 2018

Giving back and having a positive impact

The M3 Rock Circle Project

Category: MATH E-TIES

June 1, 2018

Beyond Intelligence

Waterloo.ai builds powerful network of researchers: University of Waterloo has a vital role to play in end-to-end AI

Category: MATH E-TIES

June 1, 2018

A bundle that helps save lives of infants and mothers

Motivated by a desire to prevent infant and maternal mortality in South Asia, Karima Ladhani (BMath ’10) founded Barakat Bundle, a curated bundle of life-saving solutions and health education for mothers and their newborns.

Category: Waterloo Magazine

May 17, 2018

STEM students win $25,000 at the Waterloo Data Open

Competition uses real-world data and allows students to showcase their skills.

Category: Waterloo Stories

May 2, 2018

Does the echo chamber influence strategic voting and electoral outcomes

New research links an individual's voting decision to their social circle

Category: Waterloo Stories

April 4, 2018

Search results influence people’s decisions about treatment effectiveness

Bad information is worse than no information at all.

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 9, 2018

Hiding censored website inside cat videos

Waterloo computer scientists are working toward baseline Internet freedom for everyone with a free, anti-censorship decoy routing system called Slitheen

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 9, 2018

Solar energies for remote communities around the world

Waterloo undergrad develops a micro-utility prototype that can power everything from cell phones to solar lanterns

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 1, 2018

Technovation program inspires girls to explore computing

Instructional workshops empower girls to code under the guidance of female mentors

Category: MATH E-TIES

February 5, 2018

10 Career Success Secrets of Technology Executives

Dora Vell, 2017 Alumni Achievemnent Medalist Lecture

Category: Video

January 19, 2018

Technovation program inspires girls to explore computing

Instructional course empowers young girls to code under the guidance of female mentors

Category: Waterloo Stories

October 1, 2017

Ophelia Wai Fong Lazaridis (BMath ’85)

60TH Anniversary Alumni Award Recipient

Category: Waterloo Magazine

September 22, 2017

HeForShe scholarships awarded to exceptional first year STEM students

Young women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the University of Waterloo encouraged to follow their passions with $12,000 scholarships

Category: Waterloo Stories

June 1, 2017

More women are studying computer science at Waterloo

Category: MATH E-TIES

June 1, 2017

Meet Trudie Ottolini

Category: MATH E-TIES

June 1, 2017

An Interview with Mary Chen

Category: MATH E-TIES

May 8, 2017

Waterloo’s first gender equity hackathon draws women hackers

50 per cent of participants at #Equithon2017 were women looking for solutions to everything from gendered racism to mental health

Category: Waterloo Stories

April 21, 2017

Tool will give people access to government-censored websites

Waterloo researchers are developing a censorship-resistance system called Slitheen to fool government censors

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 30, 2017

Top Co-op students honoured at University of Waterloo

Co-op students from each of Waterloo's six Faculties are recognized for their outstanding achievements

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 1, 2017

The Law(yers) of Mathematics

Category: MATH E-TIES

October 31, 2016

Gamergate and the war on women in tech: Brianna Wu speaks at Waterloo

Expert game developer comes to campus to talk about how the gaming industry became so hostile to women and how we can fix it

Category: Waterloo Stories

October 1, 2016

Advice to young graduates: ‘Learn to learn’

Meet Alumnus, Jennifer Nguyen

Category: Waterloo Magazine

October 1, 2016

New Computer Science Leadership Role for Waterloo

Prof. Jo Atlee Named First Director of Women in Computer Science

Category: MATH E-TIES

October 1, 2016

UWaterloo encourages young women from Vancouver to “Think About Math”

Local Math alumnae team up with the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing

Category: MATH E-TIES

October 1, 2016

Couple encourages Math grads to “make a difference in your own way"

Meet April Gale-Seixeiro (BMath '95, Actuarial Science and Statistics) and Steve Seixeiro (BMath '95, Computer Science)

Category: MATH E-TIES

October 1, 2016

Henkaa’s fashion strategy a cut above the rest

Joanna Duong (BMath ’04)

Category: Profile

October 1, 2016

Everything Changes - Joanna Duong Chang

Young Alumni Achievement Medalist Lecture

Category: Video

September 19, 2016

Young women in STEM win HeForShe scholarships

Waterloo students entering STEM disciplines in science, technology, engineering and mathematics receive $12,000 awards

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 8, 2016

Three steps for creating innovations that matter

Waterloo user design expert speaks at the Waterloo Women: Ideas, Makers, Innovators Ideathon

Category: Waterloo Stories

February 8, 2016

Waterloo launches free computer science courseware

Recognized as a leading computer science educator, the University of Waterloo is helping to close the global digital divide with free courseware for anyone with an Internet connection

Category: Waterloo Stories

November 23, 2015

#UWCeilingBreakers: Challenging the status quo

Special issue of Waterloo Magazine celebrates women who lead, and explores equity in education and the workplace 

Category: Waterloo Stories

September 14, 2015

UN Women applauds Waterloo’s HeForShe Impact scholarships

The STEM Scholarship provides $12,000 each to six young women with dreams of pursuing careers in astrophysics, computer science, engineering and mathematics 

Category: Waterloo Stories

June 2, 2015

From Canada to China

Waterloo’s free math courseware goes global

Category: Waterloo Stories

April 1, 2015

The mathematics of solving the invasive species problem

New statistical tool can help ecologists predict how Asian carp and zebra mussels will compete with native species for food and breeding grounds

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 4, 2015

Sounding the alarm: rates still dropping for women in computing

Waterloo professor to speak about women in computer science at the International Women’s Day event on campus

Category: Waterloo Stories

November 24, 2014

Waterloo students engineer microbe to weaken superbug

Students who designed a synthetic microbe that “turns off” antibiotic-resistance gene wins gold at international competition

Category: Waterloo Stories

May 22, 2014

Joint replacements that look and feel like real human bones

Waterloo researchers are using 3D printers to design everything from robot parts to dental implants and circuit boards

Category: Waterloo Stories

November 25, 2013

The next generation of Waterloo innovators

The latest issue of the University of Waterloo Magazine highlights our unique entrepreneurial culture – including a spotlight on VeloCity entrepreneurs

Category: Waterloo Stories

November 8, 2013

Waterloo hosts Women in Computing conference

Waterloo computer scientist who solves real-world problems hopes conference will inspire young women to consider computing careers

Category: Waterloo Stories

October 7, 2013

A 3D printer that builds a new hip with your own cells?

Waterloo biotech researchers are making healthcare smarter and more sustainable. “If there’s an area that will improve quality of life in the future, this is it.”

Category: Waterloo Stories

May 17, 2013

How fast is Waterloo’s microrobot?

Big international win in Germany for tiny robot designed by Waterloo nanorobotics group.

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 28, 2013

Playing with fire

Waterloo researcher hopes crews can use game theory to battle forest fires. Agencies across Canada can be viewed as participants in a game, says prof.

Category: Waterloo Stories

March 6, 2013

International Women’s Day: A time to reflect on women in science

Gender equity and diversity in science and technology promote excellence in research, says Waterloo philosophy prof.

Category: Waterloo Stories

February 12, 2013

Waterloo computer scientist warns banks and investment firms to expect the unexpect

Yuying Li designs algorithms and creates strategies to help avoid losses in an unpredictable economy.

Category: Waterloo Stories

July 20, 2012

Planning for a financial rainy day

Despite worldwide economic turmoil, Canada’s financial institutions have been more stable than most. Waterloo actuarial scientists helped make them that way.

Category: Waterloo Stories

July 5, 2012

Getting girls into gaming – and math

For the last two years in a row, Waterloo students have won the Illinois-based Games4Girls competition, which has young women develop video games for girls.

Category: Waterloo Stories

Barbara Csima

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

Brenda Lee Gibson

Director of Finance, Yahoo! Canada

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

Carol Tam

Quantitative Analyst, CIBC

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

Catherine Boivie, BMath ‘72

CEO of Inventure Solutions and Senior Vice-President of IT at Vancity; 2011Alumni Acheivement Medalist

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

Cecilia Cotton

Professor in Statistics, University of Waterloo

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

Daphne Lucas

Senior Consultant, Deloitte (Information & Technology Risk, Security Solutions)

Category: Alumnae Spotlight


 

Diane Ho

Anti-money Laundering Investigator, BMO Financial Group

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Eliina Fader

Director, Workforce Analytics, Human Resources, CIBC

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Jane E. Kinney

Partner at Deloitte & Touche; 2013 Alumni Achievement Award Winner

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Jennifer Chu-Carroll

Research Staff Member and Manager at IBM TJ Watson Research Lab; 2013 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Jennifer Stott

Director of Core Payment, Royal Bank of Canada

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Laura Atkinson

Product Manager, Interactive Services, Rogers

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Lenora Hamilton

Infrastructure Designer, Bank of Montreal

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Lisa White

Software Developer, Kaleidescape

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Loraine Marrett, BMath '69

Senior Scientist, Cancer Care Ontario

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Marilyn Sandford, BMath ’87

Partner, Ritchie, Sandford and McGowan Barristers

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Nina Thomsen, BMath '83

Independent Consultant

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Rebecca Liu

Managing Director, Technology & Operations Change Management and Workplace Transformation, Bank of Montreal

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Vicki Greenwood, BMath '85

Portfolio Director at TD Bank Group

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Virginia Dybenko, MMath ‘72

Executive, Strategic Initiatives for Wilfrid Laurier University, 2011 Alumni Achievement Recipient

Category: Alumnae Spotlight

 

Yan Wang

Junior Associate, Hodder Barristers

https://uwaterloo.ca/women-in-mathematics/people-profiles/yan-wang

Category: Alumnae Spotlight