Mathematics and Science celebrates Faculty excellence

An event that recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences took place Monday, Jan. 27.

The sixth-annual Celebration of Excellence, which saw Dean Ejaz Ahmed and members of senior administration and the Board of Trustees offer their congratulations, was an opportunity to reflect not just on the recent accomplishments of faculty members, but a look ahead to the future.

“The Faculty has succeeded in hiring first class researchers, who in turn hire first class researcher students, leading to the first class research Brock has become know for across the globe,” said Ahmed.

Faculty and staff were nominated by their peers with awards ranging from excellence in teaching and research to lifetime achievements. Each award invited submissions from colleagues who wished to see the remarkable work recognized.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Science Student Council was an instrumental component to presenting the Excellence in Teaching and Student Engagement Award, which went to Basil Nanayakkara in the Department of Math and Statistics. Nanayakkara has now received the award twice from two different sets of student nominees.

Nanayakkara’s award follows the distinct trend that Mathematics and Science staff and faculty produce quality work requiring dedication, enthusiastic time investments and creative problem solving to ensure the Brock environment is a fruitful place for learning and student life.

The new decade also saw three new trophies to commemorate key aspects of the Faculties’ success, which were created by Steven Renda and his talented team from the Faculty’s Technical Services – Machine Shop.

Each trophy is modelled from a relic found in the Faculty including machine gauges, a kinetic gear sculpture and a model of the chemical structure of Mercury. This year, the Department of Computer Science received the Highest Number of Majors Award, Mathematics and Statistics received the Highest Departmental Surplus Award and International Services received the Recognition for Recruitment in International Enterprise Award.

The trophies will be housed in the department that earned them, and people are encouraged to visit the departments to view the award.

The Faculty is thankful for the opportunity to showcase its team in a positive light and looks forward to continuing to make Brock an excellent place to work and study throughout the coming year and beyond.

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