Yesterday the School of Computer Science (SoCS) celebrated its 40th anniversary.
While I have only been faculty in the SoCS since January of 2011, I’ve actually had a connection to the school since 1994. Specifically, it was way back in 1994 that I began my university career at the University of Guelph. And at that time, I had started my degree as a computer science major.
Over the course of my undergraduate training my interests bounced around; physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, computer science. Ultimately I ended up transferring into an Honours Mathematics degree. After that I finished my Masters in Mathematics, and then my PhD in Statistics. If you’d have told me back in 1994 that I’d end up back where I started I probably wouldn’t have believed it. It’s weird how life works sometimes. It’s even weirder how at home I feel in the SoCS.
Thinking back I am very grateful that I decided to take those first few courses in the SoCS. They have helped me out immensely. In fact, if not for those courses my PhD would have been a lot different. I would likely not have used C to code the algorithms necessary for the multivariate spatial poisson mixture models that I had developed. Instead, I would have worked in R – which isn’t a problem per se – but the results would have taken far longer to compute. Weeks longer to be honest.
Anyway, the anniversary celebration was a lot of fun – filled with stories from former faculty, chairs/directors, alumni, and even current students. It was great to see so many people out to celebrate the successes of the school. I look forward to what the next several years and even decades might bring.
Happy 40th SoCS! Here’s to another successful 40 years.
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