Bill Pristanski attended the annual President’s reception in Federation Hall to thank the University of Waterloo’s major donors. The keynote speaker was Professor Donna Strickland. Earlier this fall, the professor became the first living woman to ever win the Nobel Prize for Physics. Strickland, who helped revolutionize laser physics, shares half the $1.4 million Nobel Prize with French laser physicist Gérard Mourou. Together they paved the way toward the shortest and most intense laser pulses created by humankind. The team’s research has a number of applications today in industry and medicine — everything from laser eye surgery to laser printers.
Pristanski, a Sir James Dunn Scholar and DesCartes Fellow, holds an Honours Co-operative degree in Mathematics (Computer Science and Statistics) from the University of Waterloo.
He is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo. A globally focused institution, celebrated as Canada’s most innovative university for 27 consecutive years, Waterloo is home to the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery.