Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Southern Illinois University
Location: Evansville, Indiana, United States
Walter D. Wallis, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics and higher education.
A celebrated figure in the realm of mathematics, Dr. Wallis has amassed more than 50 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. Formerly a full professor at Southern Illinois University since 1985, Dr. Wallis has been recognized as professor emeritus of the university, a resounding label that reflects the prestige of his time spent at the university. Prior to his retirement, he focused on combinatorial designs, Latin squares, graph labeling, one-factorizations, and intelligent networks. Previously, he worked at the University of Newcastle in Australia as a senior lecturer and associate professor from 1970 to 1985, commencing his career as a lecturer of mathematics at La Trobe University in Australia.
Developing an interest in mathematics from an early age, Dr. Wallis delved into his profession after meeting research mathematicians at various conferences during his college years. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1963 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1968 at the University of Sydney. Since that time, he has become a prolific author, penning 20 books including “Combinatorial Designs” in 1988 and “One-Factorizations” in 1997. He has additionally served as a coauthor and editor, editing such books as “Computational and Constructive Design Theory” in 1996 and the Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing.
Dr. Wallis remains a member of several industry-related organizations, including the Australian Mathematical Society, the American Mathematical Society, and the Mathematical Association of America. Notably, he was the founder of Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, as well as the founding fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications.
Married with two sons, one step-son, and two grandchildren, Dr. Wallis enjoys playing contract bridge in his spare time, of which he is an ACBL Bronze Life Master. Notably, he has been recognized for his contributions to mathematics and higher education by being selected for inclusion in the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and the 24th and 25th editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest. In addition, he was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
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