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2006.07.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Hesham Ali Named Dean of UNO College of Information Science and Technology

Omaha - Hesham Ali has been named dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  He will begin his new duties July 31.

The appointment is pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

"Dr. Ali is an innovative and accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck.  "His commitment to collaboration, partnerships, and the metropolitan mission of the university and college is noteworthy and critical for future development of the college and its role in The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute."

The UNO College of IS&T includes the departments of computer science and information systems and quantitative analysis, as well as programs in bioinformatics, telecommunications and a Ph.D. in information technology.  The college is also home to the Center for the Management of Information Technology, the International Academy for Advanced Decision Support, the Nebraska University Consortium on Information Assurance, and – in partnership with the UNO College of Business Administration – the newly formed Institute for Collaboration Science.  The college is a partner with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering in The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI).  PKI is distinguished by its unique academic, business and industry partnerships.  

"Hesham Ali excels in everything he does – research, community service, teaching and administration," said John Christensen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO.  He cited Ali's ability to bring instruction, research, service and community partnerships together to create a truly outstanding educational environment.

"We look forward to working with Dr. Ali in his new position as dean of the College of IS&T," said Winnie Callahan, executive director of PKI.  "He will provide continuity as he inherits a college, thanks in large part to the leadership of retiring Dean David Hinton, positioned to advance along with The Peter Kiewit Institute itself to a whole new level of excellence."

Ali, currently associate dean for academic affairs and professor of computer science in the UNO College of IS&T, is internationally and nationally recognized for his work in bioinformatics, mobile computing and wireless networks.  He is the recipient as principle or co-principle investigator of more than $6 million in research funding and is the co-author of two books, two dozen referred journal articles and more than 70 referred articles that appeared in the proceedings of international conferences.

Ali is also recognized for his extensive community involvement such as coordinating the college's efforts to support student internships, working with area school districts to develop and update computer science and information technology curricula, developing information technology summer camps designed to encourage underrepresented groups to participate in information technology and science activities, and coordinating the college's efforts to provide wireless infrastructure in Rosenblatt Stadium during the College World Series. 

Ali's Ph.D. is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  His M.S. and B.S in computer science are from Alexandria University, Egypt. 

"Serving as dean of the College of Information Science and Technology is a great honor," Ali said.  "The college has an opportunity to play a key role in the development of the exciting, emerging field of information technology and to effectively integrate IT into almost all other disciplines.  We are also so fortunate to be in a position to work closely with our community and with many local and national organizations, and have a positive impact in the development of many industries.  I can't imagine a more exciting place in higher education than The Peter Kiewit Institute."

Ali replaces retiring dean David Hinton. Hinton became dean of the UNO College of IS&T in 2001 after 15 years as dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service.  He is retiring after 34 years at UNO. 

For more information, call 402.554.2762 or 402.554.3502.

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