Awards & Achievements
Excellence in Teaching
2005 Recipient - Sylvia Boyd
She’s a runner, a soccer player and a mom. Also, this active and energetic woman is a hit with students, colleagues, management and whoever crosses her path. Accomplished and distinguished, Sylvia Boyd is the recipient of the 2005 University of Ottawa Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2003 University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Prize and the 2002 Faculty of Engineering J.V. Marsh Award for Excellence in Teaching.
“Myself, I’ve had some fantastic teachers who have inspired me. Whenever I took a course, I was not only fascinated by what they were teaching, but how they taught it. I would especially notice when they were able to convey a really difficult concept with great success.”
Every year since Boyd joined the University of Ottawa in 1987, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has awarded her research funding. She specializes in an area called combinatorial optimization that deals with practically important problems, which are combinatorial in nature, such as designing reliable communication networks and vehicle routings. Her research focuses on the development of efficient computational methods for such problems.
One of those students is Geneviève Benoît. “I can truly say that she is the best professor I have ever encountered,” says Benoît. “The energy and enthusiasm she reflects through her courses is truly inspiring. Some students even change their course schedules just to take her classes; even students who are not interested in that subject matter.”
Boyd’s fascination with developmental psychology—how children learn—certainly has had a great impact on her teaching style, helping her understand students more thoroughly.