Computer graphics expert Alameldin dies

November 9, 2006 6:11pm

•  Tarek Alameldin was 43

•  Memorial service scheduled

Tarek Alameldin, a California State University, Fresno professor of computer science who was internationally recognized for his expertise in computer graphics, died Nov. 6 in his Fresno home, the university announced Thursday.

He was 43. The cause of death was not made public.

Mr. Alameldin, who joined the Fresno State faculty in 1990, also was assistant to the dean for research and development in the College of Science and Mathematics.

A memorial service will be held Monday. Details will be available Monday morning from the Computer Science Department at (559) 278-5709. The College of Science and Mathematics will host a memorial service at a date to be announced.

“Tarek was a faculty member of great vision and imagination, always looking for new opportunities for his students,” says Walter Read, chairman of Computer Science Department. “He was a good colleague and a good friend and will be missed."

Mr. Alameldin began his research and teaching career in 1983. While at Texas A&M, he had the distinction of being a founding faculty member in the first-of-its-kind Ph.D. program in scientific visualization.

He was active in developing computer science related grants in applied parallel processing, scientific visualization, facial modeling and animation. At Fresno State, he successfully received grants from the National Science Foundation for research on scientific visualization and virtual design environment. He also applied to numerous grants with U.S. Department of Education-FIPSE, the Army Research Office and private corporations.

He also was published in many peer-reviewed publications.

Prior to coming to Fresno State, Mr. Alameldin taught at Widener University, the University of Pennsylvania and Texas A&M. He was a NASA Research Fellow in the 1995-96 academic year.

He was born in Cairo, Egypt, and did his undergraduate work there in computer engineering. He did his doctoral work at Penn, where he worked under Norman Badler, the leading American researcher in computer graphics.

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