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Marc Moreno Maza wins MITACS Mentorship Award of Excellence

Shantanu BasuMarc Moreno Maza is this year's recipient of the MITACS Mentorship Award of Eccellence


By Mitchell Zimmer

Marc Moreno Maza, along with other professors, had a research project funded by Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) for a few years. His graduate students and a post doctorate fellow who were involved in this project ended up receiving an award for the best technology transfer to their industrial partners at Maplesoft. MITACS is an organization that links businesses, governments and not-for-profits with over fifty Canadian universities to develop tools for the knowledge economy.

This year those students recognized the substantial role that Moreno Maza had played in their success and had nominated him for the MITACS Mentorship Award of Excellence. MITACS agreed and in a congratulatory letter Arvind Gupta, Scientific Director and CEO of MITACS, stated that “The mentor’s role is to listen, provide constructive feedback and help their mentee consider options. They may refer them to resources and facilitate decision making and share their own experiences…Mentors provide guidance, not direction and do not solve problems but act as a collaborator in the problem solving process.” In these aspects and more, Moreno Maza is acknowledged as someone who has excelled in his role as a mentor.

Moreno Maza, his team and the Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra (ORCAA) lab at Western developed part of the mathematics software for Maplesoft based in Waterloo. The company has strong ties with the research facility. ORCAA is involved in developing the areas of symbolic algorithms and pen-based mathematics for the software program. The software is used by many universities for research and teaching as well as in engineering and has five million licenses around the world.

Morena Maza's recognition will make it the second year in a row where a Western professor will have won this award. Matt Davison, received this honor last year.