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Two longtime UW-Eau Claire faculty members retire

RELEASED: Dec. 9, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Two longtime members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty retired in November.

Dr. Mohamed Elgindi, professor emeritus of mathematics, and Dr. Kate Hale Wilson, senior lecturer emerita of English, will be recognized during fall commencement Dec. 17.

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Dr. Mohamed Elgindi

Elgindi, who retired after 24 years of service, joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor of mathematics. He became an associate professor in 1995 and a professor in 2000. He was a visiting professor of mathematics at King Fahd University in Egypt in 1989-90 and in 2009-10. He also was a visiting professor of mathematics at Michigan State University in 1990-91 and 2001-02. Elgindi's research interests include numerical analysis, and numerical and analytical solution of physical problems. He has been an principal investigator in the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program since 2007, and he was the director of the Mathematics for Young Achievers program from 1998-2008. He received several grants from the National Science Foundation totalling nearly $500,000 to support his research, as well as numerous grants from the UW System and UW-Eau Claire. For 20 years Elgindi has been a consultant for Extrusion Die Design in the Chippewa Valley, collaborating with Dr. Robert Langer, professor emeritus of mathematics. In January Elgindi received a U.S. patent, "Constant Shear Rate Extrusion Die." Throughout his career, Elgindi collaborated with mathematicians; mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers; and students through academic research, industrial research projects and in projects related to the teaching of mathematics to talented students. Ten of his undergraduate collaborators have gone to graduate school in mathematics and engineering; some became professors and researchers. Elgindi earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Alexandria in Egypt in 1975, his master's degree from the University of London in England in 1978 and his doctorate from Michigan State University in 1987.

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Dr. Kate Hale Wilson

Hale Wilson, who retired after 24 years of service, joined the English department in 1987. Her teaching interests have included advanced composition and nonfiction writing, and specialty courses such as the female coming of age experience in fiction, a course devoted to Margaret Atwood, and Honors Program seminars. Hale Wilson, who has long incorporated Aldo Leopold's land ethic as the focus of her introduction to college writing classes, was invited by science faculty in 2000 to represent the humanities as a co-director of the Confluence Center. This led to creation of the environment, society and culture minor, which surrounds a science core with courses in humanities and social sciences. In recent years she served — along with colleagues from the sciences, humanities and social sciences — on the steering committee that developed the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies at UW-Eau Claire. In 2008 Hale Wilson was named UW-Eau Claire's first sustainability fellow, a position within the Chancellor's Office, which she held until 2011. In this role she helped the campus identify and prioritize university projects to create a more sustainable campus culture. Hale Wilson has served as the western regional coordinator for the Wisconsin Stewardship Network and on the board of Northern Thunder, a local environmental group that formed on campus in 1970. Hale Wilson served as UW-Eau Claire's interim assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action in 2006. Beyond campus, she served on the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts from its inception until 2010. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Milligan College in 1979, her master's degree in 1983 and her doctorate in 1994 from Michigan State University.

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