- Waterloo student crowned "Tech Idol"
- Single & Sexy now in its 24th year
- Brandon Sweet
- Communications and Public Affairs
Wear black. Be gold. That's the message of the new video launched by the Waterloo Warriors Wednesday. Along with a number of student athletes and staff members, the video features women's hockey coach Shaun Reagan, football coach Joe Paopao, men's hockey coach Brian Bourque, as well as Associate Provost, Students Chris Read, Student Success Office Director Sean Van Koughnett, athletics director Bob Copeland, and president Feridun Hamdullahpur, to name just a few.
Waterloo student crowned "Tech Idol"
Kassym Dorsel, a Mechatronics Engineering student and triathlete who recently completed his first year at the University of Waterloo, was one of six winners of the
Equals6 social network's "Tech Idol" software development competition.
Tech Idol provides students with the opportunity to tackle real-world software challenges, with cash prizes provided by sponsoring companies. Each sponsor chose a winner based on the best solution to that company’s challenge.
Dorsel's sponsoring company was T4G Limited, a national, project-based, full-service technology solutions company founded in 1996.
“I am delighted that my application won,” said Dorsel. “The app I built was to calculate the number of occurrences of the digit ‘0’ in a sequence from 0 to n in the most efficient way. The solution not only required the use of efficient code structures due to the size of computed numbers, but also required the development of a mathematical algorithm that was used to do the actual computation.”
“Kassym showed real creativity,” said Peter Moorehouse, T4G’s Vice-President, People. “He is working at the Department of National Defence this summer but upon graduation we’d be interested in possibly recruiting him to T4G.”
Tech Idol is part of Halifax-based Equals6 efforts to support top students and help them connect with employers and other students. The company also offers Top Talent scholarships, with more than $25,000 awarded through the program.
The other Tech Idol winners included:
- Mehrdad Pazooki of New Brunswick Community College and Jeremy Miller of Memorial University, both sponsored by J.D. Irving.
- Hari Gudigundla, Dalhousie University, sponsored by CGI.
- Evan Lowry, Saint Mary’s University, sponsored by NTT Data.
- Andrew Redden, Nova Scotia Community College, sponsored by Equals6.
- Evan Lowry, Saint Mary's University, sponsored by Lixar IT.
"Our student members responded to Tech Idol with enthusiasm, providing creative and high-quality software solutions," said Andy Osburn, CEO of Equals6. "We appreciate the support of our industry partners in helping us connect students with great companies.”
Single & Sexy now in its 24th year
The 24th annual edition of that Orientation Week mainstay "Single & Sexy" will be previewed at a special performance taking place on Friday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the Humanities Theatre. Admission is free for this preview performance, but a ticket is required. For more information contact Sandra Gibson, manager of Health Education in Health Services, at sandra.gibson @uwaterloo.ca. University faculty and staff as well as friends, family, and community members are welcome.
Single & Sexy is a a groundbreaking original play on sexuality written and performed by drama students during orientation each year and is described as a "high energy, entertaining, non-judgmental, powerful presentation of scenarios and attitudes first-year students are likely to witness or experience."
Denise Angove, the long-time nursing supervisor and sexual harassment officer in health services who launched Single & Sexy, was named an Honorary Member of the University last year. She retired in 2009 after 35 years at the university.
Link of the day
When and where
International Spouses event: "Singin' in the Rain" (with Gene Kelly) Sunday, August 26 at 1:00 p.m. Must pre-register. See website for details.
Fall 2012 Promissory Notes and payments are due August 27.
CTE656 Getting Started in LEARN, session 0040, Wednesday, August 29, 1:00 p.m., FLEX Lab, LIB 329. Register through myHRinfo.
Premiere performance of Single & Sexy, Friday, August 31, 10:00 a.m., Humanities Theatre. Details.
Orientation Week, Monday, September 3 to Saturday, September 8.
Perspectives on Academic Freedom conference, Thursday, September 6, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Waterloo Inn. Details.
Weight Watchers At Work registration session Thursday, September 6, 12:15 p.m., PAS 2438, info at ext. 32218.
International Longevity Risk Conference, Friday, September 6 to Saturday, September 7, all day. Hosted by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Details.
UW Farmer's Market, Thursday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall. Details.
Information Session on Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Mathematics, Thursday, September 13, 4:30 p.m., MC 2066.
Faculty of Mathematics NSERC and OGS scholarship information meeting, Friday, September 14, 2:00 p.m., DC 1302.
Centre for Career Action Volunteer Fair, Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.
PhD Oral Defences
School of Optometry and Vision Science. Subam Basuthkar Sundar Rao, "Psychophysical and Clinical Investigations of Ocular Discomfort." Supervisor, Dr. Trefford Simpson. On deposit in the Faculty of Science Graduate Office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Tuesday, September 4, 8:30 a.m., MC 2009.
Physics and Astronomy. Sepideh Hariri, "Ultrahigh Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography for Non-Invasive Imaging of Outer Retina Degeneration in Rat Retina." Supervisor, Dr. Kostadinka Bizheva. On deposit in the Faculty of Science Graduate Office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Tuesday, September 4, 9:00 a.m., PHY 352.
Physics and Astronomy. Chunrong Wang, "Prehydrated Electron and its Role in Ionizing Radiation Induced DNA Damage and Molecular Mechanisms of Action of Halogenated Sensitizers for Radiotherapy of Cancer." Supervisor, Dr. Qing-Bin Lu. On deposit in the Faculty of Science graduate office, ESC-254A. Oral defence Tuesday, September 4, 10:00 a.m., C2 278.