Maplesoft, one of the leading technology companies in Waterloo Region, is celebrating 25 years of incorporation this year, and the company celebrated the anniversary Tuesday with an event for its staff, local business leaders, academic and technology partners, and customers.

At the event held at the company’s headquarters in Waterloo, Maplesoft recognized the contributions of its founders and the team that invented the renowned Maple software – the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine. Keith Geddes, and Gaston Gonnet, the creators of Maple and founders of Maplesoft, are known to be among the first of a breed of entrepreneurs that have catapulted Waterloo into a prominent knowledge-based economy.

In commemoration of the company’s roots in the University of Waterloo, Maplesoft’s CEO Jim Cooper presented the university with a unique serial numbered Gömböc 1988, marking the year of the company’s incorporation. A Gömböc is a mathematics-based shape discovered in 2007, with the use of Maple, and described as “one of the best ideas of the year” by the New York Times.

Speaking on the occasion, Brenda Halloran, Mayor of the City of Waterloo, said, “In Waterloo we truly value innovation and entrepreneurism and it is wonderful to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Maplesoft, a local company that began right here at the University of Waterloo.”

To mark this milestone year, Maplesoft is supporting numerous projects and competitions throughout the year, with the aim of promoting the study and use of mathematics. Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013, Who Wants to be a Mathematician, FIRST Robotics, SAE Collegiate Design Series, NASA Tech Design the Future Contest, and Sailbot 2013 are just a few of the Maplesoft sponsored competitions that encourage students to think creatively, and use mathematic and scientific tools.

“This is a momentous occasion for Maplesoft, as it looks back and celebrates the ingenuity, creativity and passion of people who formed and moulded the company,” said Jim Cooper, President and CEO of Maplesoft. “Building on the bedrock of innovative and pioneering technology they developed, we have achieved significant success in the last 25 years. Maplesoft looks ahead with a deep sense of gratitude and commitment to its customers, partners, resellers, employees, and the community around us. Our technological expertise, combined with the enthusiasm and creativity of our people, and the support of our partners, will help us shape the next 25 years.”

Since its origins as a research project in the 1980s at UW, Maplesoft has grown into a successful international corporation with offices and resellers covering about 100 countries. It is the core of a vibrant ecosystem that spans and connects the commercial engineering, research and development community with academia worldwide. Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine (Maple) and revolutionary system-level modeling techniques (MapleSim). Maple introduced a radical change in the industry with its superior technical document and knowledge sharing capabilities, and changed the way people work with mathematics. MapleSim introduced a ground-breaking approach to multi-domain system-level modeling of engineering systems and has seen significant growth since its introduction in 2008.

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About Maplesoft

Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques. Combined together, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.

Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use Maplesoft products to enable them to work better, faster, and smarter. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems.

Maplesoft also introduced a fundamental shift in technical education through its Clickable Math™ and Clickable Engineering™ initiatives which deliver powerful mathematics through visual, interactive point-and-click methods. The idea behind this shift is to create technology that will allow students and teachers to focus on the concepts, not the tool.

Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, BMW, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon, Motorola, Microsoft Research, Bloomberg, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. Over 90% of advanced research institutions and universities worldwide, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy, have adopted Maplesoft solutions to enhance their education and research activities.

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About Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.
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