4 Engineering faculty, including 2 from BME, named Fulbright Scholars

Teaching agricultural and food engineering, advancing STEM learning, studying cardiac remodeling, and improving Alzheimer's disease treatments are some of the research projects of four Purdue Engineering faculty who have been named U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholars.

Four Engineering faculty are among the six Purdue University faculty who have been named U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholars. These Engineering faculty members will teach and conduct research at respected research hubs in India and throughout Europe. 

According to Purdue’s Office of the Provost, the Fulbright Scholar Award, one of the most prestigious national and international awards available to faculty, is considered a metric for measuring university performance while supporting the university’s efforts toward internationalization and intercultural learning. Fulbright faculty also enhance classroom learning at Purdue by bringing back diverse teaching methods and ideas.

Engineering awardees, projects and destinations

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Kingsly Ambrose, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture

Prof. Ambrose will live in India researching the “Nondestructive Quality Evaluation of Spices Using Particle-scale Data” and teaching agricultural and food engineering. He will be hosted by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.

Brenda M. Capobianco, Professor of Science Education and Engineering Education (courtesy), Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, Colleges of Education and Engineering

Prof. Capobianco will live in Galway, Ireland, examining how science teacher candidates and their university instructors conceptualize and integrate engineering design while conducting action research on their own practice. The goal of the international collaboration is to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning among K-12 students. She will be hosted by the National University of Ireland. 

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Craig J. Goergen, the Leslie A. Geddes Associate Professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Prof. Goergen’s research research will focus on Retrospectively Gated Multispectral 4D Photoacoustic Cardiac and Brain Imaging. He plans to work with collaborators in France to study cardiac remodeling after traumatic injury, with particular interest in how brain trauma can lead to heart dysfunction. His host institution is Université de Montpellier.

Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, the Marta E. Gross Associate Professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Prof. Kinzer-Ursem's research project title is “Tau-Mediated Protein Dynamics: Computational and Experimental Approaches.” The goal of her research is to advance the design of effective treatment for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. Kinzer-Ursem will be hosted by Freiburg University in Germany.

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The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Each year, the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 400 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 135 countries. 

The deadline for applying to the Fulbright 2022-23 competition is Sept. 15. For more information on the Fulbright Faculty Award Program, contact Christopher Lukasik, provost fellow for Fulbright faculty awards, at clukasik@purdue.edu.

Read more about the Fulbright US Scholar Award Program

Source: Purdue News Service, Purdue faculty celebrated as Fulbright Scholar Award selections