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University Of North Dakota: Hesham El-Rewini Named UND Dean Of Engineering And Mines
[May 28, 2008]

University Of North Dakota: Hesham El-Rewini Named UND Dean Of Engineering And Mines


(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
RDATE:27052008

Dr. Hesham El-Rewini has been named Dean of the School of Engineering
and Mines at the University of North Dakota following a national
search, announced Dr. Greg Weisenstein, UND Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs.

El-Rewini, a native of Egypt, has been a full professor and chairman of
the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Southern
Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, since 2001.

He led a department that is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World
Report among the top computer engineering programs in the nation.

His department, along with SMU, was designated as a National Center of
Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National
Security Agency. He also helped create new graduate and undergraduate
programs, while revamping and continually examining existing programs.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Hesham El-Rewini to the University of
North Dakota's academic leadership team," Weisenstein said. "He brings
an incredible record of successful academic leadership to his new
position as Dean of the School of Engineering and Mines.

"Dr. El-Rewini was selected from among several highly qualified
candidates because of his proven abilities to help his academic units
achieve national distinction and his strong commitment to student
success."

Before his time at SMU, El-Rewini was a full professor and interim
chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of
Nebraska at Omaha. There he played a central role in his department,
prioritizing for major budgetary cuts, while at the same time preparing
his department for external and internal reviews.

He spent 11 years at UNO, also serving as assistant professor and
associate professor in the Computer Science Department.

"I am very delighted to join the UND family and I look forward to
working with the very capable engineering faculty and staff to move the
school ahead," El-Rewini said. "Together, we can produce engineering
graduates who can compete globally, contribute to the economic
development of their region and nation and advance society.

"I believe that the School of Engineering and Mines at UND can play a
critical role in a much needed national effort to retain and reassert
the United States' leading role in engineering and innovation."

El-Rewini will replace Dr. John L. Watson as dean. Watson served the
position from 2001 until his retirement March 31.

Dr. Michael Mann, associate professor of chemical engineering at UND,
is serving as interim dean.

"UND's School of Engineering and Mines, under recently retired Dean


John Watson, achieved great strides in elevating its status among the
best schools of engineering in the country," Weisenstein said. "We
anticipate Dr. El-Rewini will build on these accomplishments by
continuing the School of Engineering and Mines' excellent trajectory of
success."

El-Rewini received a B.S. (distinction with highest honor) and M.S. in
computer science and automatic control from the University of
Alexandria Faculty of Engineering in Egypt. His Ph.D. in computer
science came from Oregon State University in Corvallis in 1989.


El-Rewini is the co-author of five books in the fields of computer
architecture and engineering. His research interests include parallel
processing, sensor networks and mobile computing.

The research he's conducted has resulted in grant and funding awards
from industry and federal agencies, including the National Science
Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense Army Research Office. He
also has been a principal investigator of international projects to
develop training programs for universities in Mexico and the Middle
East. Those efforts were funded by the U.S. Agency for International
Development.

El-Rewini also has general interests in strategic planning, assessment
and academic training. Most recently, he has been instrumental in
developing a bold strategic plan for the SMU School of Engineering to
help put its students at the forefront as leaders and innovators.

El-Rewini also is a registered engineer in the state of Texas.

His contract at UND is set to begin on July 1.

CONTACT: Peter Johnson, Associate Director & UND Media Relations
Coordinator
Tel: +1 701 777 4317
e-mail: peter.johnson@mail.und.nodak.edu

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