ARLINGTON - Pranesh B. Aswath, associate chair of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Trento in Italy during the 2009-10 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Aswath, also a professor in MSE and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University, will focus on tribology and biomaterials at the University of Trento. Aswath is one of about 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, has provided approximately 286,500 people with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Among the thousands of prominent Fulbright alumni are: Muhammad Yunus, managing director and founder, Grameen Bank, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006; Javier Solana, foreign policy chief, European Union; and Craig Barrett, board chairman of Intel Corp.
The awards are named for the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas who, in 1945, introduced a bill in the United States Congress calling for the use of surplus war property to fund the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science."
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