- Honorary degree recipients named
Waterloo employer sets students up for success
- Wednesday's notes
- Brandon Sweet
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Honorary degree recipients named
Professor Chris Hadfield and Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), headline the list of recipients of honorary doctorates at the University of Waterloo's spring convocation ceremonies next month.
Professor Hadfield, a new Waterloo professor and the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, will receive an honorary doctor of science from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and address convocation on Tuesday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College, conducted post-graduate research at Waterloo, and earned a master's degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee. Professor Hadfield served as an air force pilot for 25 years and today is seen worldwide as a leader in space exploration.
Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer is director-general at CERN, an international scientific collaboration composed of 21 member states. CERN's discovery of the Higgs boson—also called the "God particle"—is considered the most important finding in particle physics in 50 years. Professor Heuer is professor of experimental physics at the University of Hamburg. In 2012, the European Physical Society awarded him the Edison Volta Prize for leading efforts that have resulted in many significant advances in high-energy particle physics. He has a PhD in physics from the University of Heidelberg. Professor Heuer will receive an honorary doctor of science from the Faculty of Science and address convocation on Thursday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Professor Vukan Vuchic will receive an honorary doctor of environmental studies and address convocation on Tuesday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. Professor Vuchic taught and conducted research at the University of Pennsylvania from 1967 to 2010, where he was the UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation Engineering and where he made several groundbreaking contributions in the field of urban transportation. He earned an undergraduate degree in transportation engineering at the University of Belgrade and earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ronald Lang will receive an honorary doctor of letters and address convocation on Wednesday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m. He has devoted much of his professional life to the labour movement and to public service, including his long involvement with the Canadian Labour Congress and on a variety of government advisory councils and commissions. Lang earned a BA and MA from Waterloo, and a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Professor Michael W. Higgins will receive an honorary doctor of letters and address convocation on Wednesday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m. He is vice-president for mission and Catholic identity at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. The author of 14 books, Professor Higgins served as president of St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo from 1999 to 2006.
Dr. Malcolm Moore, the program head of medical oncology and hematology at Princess Margaret Hospital, and director of the McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer, will receive an honorary doctor of science and address convocation on Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m.. Moore earned a BMath degree from Waterloo, and his MD at Western University.
Professor Dan-Virgil Voiculescu will receive an honorary doctor of mathematics and address convocation on Friday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. In his distinguished career, he has published more than 100 research papers, and his is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. He received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Bucharest.
Professor Ronald Rivest, one of the world's pre-eminent cryptographers, and the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will receive an honorary doctor of mathematics and address convocation on Friday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m. He is the co-inventor of the RSA public-key encryption and digital signature schemes, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 2002 A.M. Turing Award.
Professor Bruce Rittmann, director of the Biodesign Institute in the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology and Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, will receive an honorary doctor of engineering and address convocation on Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. He is considered a world leader and visionary in the field of environmental biotechnology, a successful innovator and distinguished academic. Professor Rittman earned his PhD from Stanford University.
Professor Ralph Keeney, professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Southern California, will receive an honorary doctor of engineering and address convocation on Saturday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. He is research professor emeritus at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Professor Keeney was elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honour for an engineer in the United States.
In addition to honorary degrees, the university will name Professor Roy Cameron, Professor Jane Buyers, Professor David John and Professor Ted McGee distinguished professors emeriti.
Ken Lavigne, who was registrar of the university for the past 18 years, and Sharon Adams, who worked at the university for 44 years and served on the Board of Governors, will be named honorary members of the University.
For more information, please visit the website for spring convocation 2014.
Waterloo employer sets students up for success
At Waterloo, co-op employers want to help our students succeed. Nahanni Steel Products Inc., a manufacturing company based out of Brampton, is one of those employers.
At Nahanni Steel, students (like molecular biology student Lauren Hummel, pictured above) learn hands-on about the manufacturing industry, which is especially useful for forming an understanding of what upcoming work experiences might look like. Nahanni Steel is happy to supply students with these formational opportunities that give them the tools they need to thrive in the future. The company primarily hires Engineering students who have never been on a work term before, a group that typically has a harder time finding jobs.
“We hire first-year students as they need this experience," says Darrin Wiegard, P. Eng at Nahanni Steel.
The company also hires these students during the continuous round, when students are sometimes discouraged by the job-hunting process. By providing students with opportunities at the times when they most need them, Nahanni Steel helps the co-op community and sets up Waterloo students for success.
While working for Nahanni Steel is a great option for co-op students, it also benefits the employer too. The flexibility of co-op encourages Nahanni Steel to re-evaluate the number of workers that they need at a given time. Every four months the workload must be assessed in order for them to know how many students to take on for the next term. In addition to this analytical prompt, Darrin points out that hiring co-ops is an outstanding choice because Waterloo students are enthusiastic and hard working. He believes students are often motivated by academic requirements and exceed the goals and expectations that are set for them. Last but not least, the tax credits offered to companies who hire students is the extra cherry on top of Nahanni Steel’s participation with Waterloo co-op. Based on all of the benefits and positive experiences that Nahanni Steel has had with co-ops, Darrin asserts, “co-op experience is part of our company; part of our culture.”
Partnerships like the ones formed between Co-operative Education & Career Action (CECA) and Nahanni Steel are a win-win situation for employers and students. First-year students get a good start to their co-op careers and Nahanni Steel benefits from the quality workers that they are able to employ each term from Waterloo. Employers like Nahanni Steel are attracted to hire from Waterloo because of the great students available, and because of the people and organization at CECA. Darrin’s CECA account manager, Joan Lam, offers him reminders of upcoming co-op participation dates on a regular basis, which he appreciates.
“Waterloo is the most organized and makes it easy for me,” says Darrin.
Yasmin Saikia, the Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies and Professor of History at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University, will be giving a talk entitled "The Loss of History: Memory, Humanity and Peace after 1971" today at 4:00 p.m. in Room 1208 at Conrad Grebel University College.
"The “hidden” narratives of men and women of the 1971 war offer an entry point to reflect on the dilemma of sexual violence and memory in Bangladesh and Pakistan today," says the lecture's promotional material. "Men’s personal recollections of the war experiences have not been entered into the official records of history and women’s experiences of sexual violence being relegated to the margins as “lies” and/or “shame” discourage public engagement. The complex story of the construction of the Other in gendered, ethnic and religious terms is fearfully remembered today in private spaces in Pakistan and Bangladesh."
As previously reported in the Daily Bulletin, Howard Armitage, founder of the Conrad Centre, was recently named Ontario’s Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by Startup Canada. The national stage of the competition is now underway and as part of the selection process the public is being invited to vote.
In addition to Armitage’s category, the University of Waterloo is up for Post-Secondary Institution of the Year, and a Waterloo student, William Zhou, who is an alumnus of the enterprise co-op program as well as a past Velocity Fund winner, is in the running for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
The deadline to vote is Friday, May 23. I’d say “vote early, vote often” but each person can vote only once. The public vote will count towards 10 per cent of the total scoring.
Human Resources is reporting that retiree Kurt Winkler died April 18. Winkler started his employment in January 1975, working for the Federation of Students as a bartender in the CC Pub, known today as The Bombshelter Pub. Winkler retired in April 1984 and is survived by his wife, Ruth. He was 95.
Link of the day
When and where
SEED presents Social Innovations Within Markets workshop, Wednesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., EV1. Details.
CTE presents Assessing Student Learning (CTE020), Wednesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., EV1 241. Details.
Interview Skills: Preparing for Questions Workshop, Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 1208. Details.
Microsoft Employer Information Session, Wednesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Davis Centre room 1302. Details.
UW Rec Book Club featuring "Emancipation Day" by Wayne Grady, Wednesday, May 21, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.
Find Books and More, Wednesday, May 21, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., DC 1568. Details.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Employer Information Session, Wednesday, May 21, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218. Details.
Conrad Grebel presents Yasmin Saikia, "The Loss of History: Memory, Humanity and Peace after 1971," Wednesday, May 21, 4:00 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College room 1208.
Microsoft Canada Co. Employer Information Session, Wednesday, May 21, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Davis Centre room 1301. Details.
Wave Employer Information Session, Wednesday, May 21, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218. Details.
Mean Girls party, Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 p.m., Bombshelter Pub. Details.
Stripe Employer Information Session, Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218. Details.
Desire2Learn Employer Information Session, Thursday, May 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218. Details.
Spin Master Ltd. Employer Information Session, Thursday, May 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Davis Centre room 1301. Details.
WISE Lecture Series featuring Professor Eric Prouzet, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo and Co-Founder of Prodal-G Inc., “Microalgae for Energy Production: Between Dream and Reality,” Thursday, May 22, 1:30 p.m., CPH 4333. Details.
Kik Interactive, Inc. Employer Information Session, Thursday, May 22, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Bombshelter Pub. Details.
PwC Employer Information Session, Thursday, May 22, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., South Campus Hall in the Festival Room. Details.
Startup Community film screening, Thursday, May 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., QNC 1502. Details.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association (AMSA) presents "Jesus in Islam," Thursday, May 22, 7:00 p.m., Student Life Centre multipurpose room.
Relay Employer Information Session, Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tatham Centre room 2218. Details.
Velocity presents Idea Generation featuring Tom Price, Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., EV3 4412.
Farewell event for Lori Gove, Friday, May 23, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., RAC1, room 3004.
You @ Waterloo Day, Saturday, May 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., various locations. Details.
The Library presents MDEI student presentations, Monday, May 26, 11:00 a.m., Library FLEX Lab. RSVP to Tim Ireland by Thursday, May 22.
Geography and Environmental Management presents Scott Heckbert, environmental economist, "Agent-based modelling and GIS: applications to land use change and environmental modelling," Monday, May 26, 12:00 p.m., EV3 4412. Details.
Institute for Quantum Computing presents the Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), Monday, May 26 to Friday, June 6. Details.
CTE601: Instructional Skills Workshop, Tuesday, May 27 to Friday, May 30, EV1 241. Details.
PhD Oral Defences
Combinatorics & Optimization. Fidel Barrera-Cruz, "Morphing planar triangulations." Supervisor, Penny Haxell. On display in the Mathematics faculty graduate office, MC 5090. Oral defence Wednesday, May 21, 10:00 a.m., MC 6486.
History. Luke Stewart, "'A New Kind of War': The Vietnam War and the Nuremburg Principles, 1964-1968." Supervisor, Andrew Hunt. On deposit in the Arts graduate office, PAS 2434. Oral defence Thursday, May 22, 8:00 a.m., E5 3052.
Computer Science. Xin Liu, "Hybrid Database Storage Management." Supervisor, Kenneth Salem. On deposit in the Mathematics gradaute office, MC 5090. Oral defence Thursday, May 22, 10:00 a.m., MC 2009.
Electrical & Computer Engineering. Md Shamsul Alam, "Modeling and Performance Analysis of Relay-Based Cooperative OFDMA Networks." Supervisors, Sherman Shen, Jon Mark. On deposit in the Engineering graduate office, PHY 3004. Oral defence Thursday, May 22, 10:00 a.m., EIT 3142.
On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable through myHRinfo:
• Job ID# 2451 – Career Advisor – Centre for Career Action, USG 8
Secondment opportunities, viewable on myCareer@uWaterloo
• Offensive Coordinator – Men’s Football – Athletics & Recreational Services, USG 5
• Academic Advisor/Undergraduate Administrative Coordinator – School of Pharmacy, USG 7
• Data Analyst and Evaluation Specialist – Student Success Office, USG 9
• Faculty Relations and Academic Support Specialists – Student Success Office, USG 10 – 2 positions
• Team Leader – Student Success Office, USG 11