Today is a great day in the history of the University of Waterloo. Donna Strickland, a professor in the Physics Department will receive her Nobel Prize in Physics for her work in developing chirped pulse amplification with her Ph.D. supervisor, Gérard Mourou. Our university is hosting a viewing party in our Board and Senate Chambers in Needles Hall today at 10:30 am. For those who cannot attend the viewing party, the ceremony is being streamed on YouTube in approximately 15 minutes. You can view the livestream here.
To the best of my knowledge, Donna is the first University of Waterloo professor to receive a Nobel Prize. It is an incredible achievement and one that will have a lasting positive impact upon our institution for many years to come. In recognition of Donna’s achievement, our university has posted three large signs on the side of our Physics Building on campus as shown in the image below:
Our engineering applicants might be surprised to learn that Donna has frequently taught our first-year engineering students the fundamentals of physics. I have had the opportunity to work alongside Donna at first year divisional meetings and I can honestly say that she is an excellent teacher that deeply cares for her students. Her students clearly respect her and value her teachings. Our Faculty of Engineering is very lucky to have Donna as one of the many excellent Physics professors teaching our first year students.
I encourage everyone to check out the 2018 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony on YouTube and wish Donna all the best using the hashtag #nobelprize.