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Adel Ali, Ph.D., New Head of the Math, Science and Technology Department at U of M, Crookston
June 23, 2008

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Adel Ali, Ph.D. is the new head of the Math, Science and Technology Department at the U of M, Crookston.
Adel Ali, Ph.D. is the new head of the Math, Science and Technology Department at the U of M, Crookston.
Crookston, Minn. (June 24, 2008) – With a commitment to excellence, the University of Minnesota, Crookston continues to focus on exceptional faculty with the appointment of Adel Lotfy Ali, Ph.D., as the new head of the Math, Science and Technology Department. He comes to the Crookston campus after serving as director and professor at the School of Computing at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg.

Ali has eight years of experience in academic administration serving five years as chair of the Department of Computer Science and Statistics at USM. During his tenure, he developed several interdisciplinary initiatives such as a doctorate program in the computational sciences and the high performance modeling, simulation and visualization labs. He will begin his new role at the U of M, Crookston in January 2009.

“We are excited to have Dr. Adel Ali stepping into leadership as the head of our Math, Science and Technology Department,” said Chancellor Charles H. Casey. “His dedication to teaching and extensive research and industry experience will benefit our students as they learn to apply theory directly to real-world applications in these rapidly expanding academic disciplines.”

Extensively published, Ali is a founding editorial board member for the Journal of Management and Engineering Integration, program coordinator for Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems International Conferences from 2001 through 2008 and a member of the Mississippi Supercomputer Advisory Group. In 2005, Ali was involved in helping to establish a major software development center in Hattiesburg, which is expected to house some 300 software engineers. In his academic career so far, Ali has $7,000,000 of educational and research projects that were funded by many agencies such as NASA, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. 

Prior to his work at USM, Ali was a research engineer at the Institute for Robotics at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania where he earned both his doctorate and master’s degree in computer science. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from Egypt’s Cairo University.

As head of the Math, Science and Technology Department, Ali will provide academic and administrative leadership, guide curriculum development, serve as an advocate for department faculty and encourage research. The goal of the U of M, Crookston is to continue to promote and maintain a high-quality learning environment for students.
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