## Medhat Rakha

Medhat Rakha has been using *Mathematica* since 1994, in the research areas of Lie algebra and special functions. He has used *Mathematica* in many of his publications. He incorporates *Mathematica* in his specialized university courses in linear and abstract algebras. With the support of UNESCO and Wolfram Research Europe Ltd., Rakha organized the 2004 *Mathematica* Gulf Conference at Sultan Qaboos University.

Rakha began his academic career in 1993 as a mathematics lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt. In 1998, he obtained a PhD in algebra and special functions and was promoted to assistant professor. Rakha has taught courses in a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics. He began teaching *Mathematica* courses in 1999, and organized the first *Mathematica* workshop in the Middle East, titled "*Mathematica* in Education and Research," held in Ismailia, Egypt, in 2001. He is currently on sabbatical leave at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.

Organization: | Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman Department of Mathematics, Suez Canal University, Egypt |

Degrees: | BS in Mathematics, The University of Benghazi, Libya MS in Mathematics, Suez Canal University, Egypt PhD in Mathematics, Suez Canal University and Texas A&M University |

Languages: | English, Arabic |

Interests: | Computational algebra, basic and multivariate hypergeometric series, q-Beta integrals |