Dr. Arvind Raman and Carolyn Percifield, Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment, discussed CPIASR's goals with representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the State Department during a May, 2011 visit. The Organization of American States is an intergovernmental agency dedicated to addressing matters vital to the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Raman and Ms. Percifield also met with representatives from the Office of Science and Technology Advisor for the U.S. Department of State, which is dedicated to serving the U.S. national interest by promoting global scientific and technological progress as integral components of US diplomacy. Both OAS and the State Department were highly enthusiastic about CPIASR and are now developing plans to work with CPIASR and further strengthen educational and research collaboration between Colombia and the U.S.
Dr. Arden Bement, Dr. Arvind Raman, Dr. Jean Paul Allain and Mr. Juan Ernesto deBedout, president of Latin American operations for Kimberly Clarke, were honored to discuss CPIASR with several educational and government leaders during a June, 2011 visit to Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Bement gave two presentations about CPIASR to a summit of organized by Colombia's Ministra of Education, Maria Fernanda Campo, that brought together the presidents of Colombia's top accredited public and private universities. The CPIASR team then had the opportunity to lunch with the mayor of Bogota, followed by a visit to the Ministry of Education to meet with officials dedicated to linking industry with university researchers throughout Colombia. The CPIASR team also meet with Dr. Jose Fernando Isaza, president of Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano, as well as several additional university presidents to further raise awareness about CPIASR. In the evening, the CPIASR team were privileged to attend a dinner at the home of Purdue alum, Mr. Gilberto Gomez, that included Colombia's Minister of Agriculture Juan Camilo Restrepo Salazar. This brief but very active visit to Bogotá allowed the CPIASR leadership to gain additional insights for building an effective, long-term partnerships between Colombia and Purdue University.
Dr. Ann Mason, executive director for Colombia-Fulbright, visited Purdue University June 23-24th in order to strengthen the two organizations' long-term partnership. The Global Policy Research Institute, the Purdue Graduate School and the International Students and Scholars Program all played key roles in hosting Dr. Mason. Throughout the visit, Dr. Mason met with Purdue's Colombia-Fulbright Scholars as well as numerous faculty and administrative leaders.
Rosario's Chancellor Liliana Gómez Díaz and Dean of Management Jeannette Velez Ramirez met with members of CPIASR and leaders of the Krannert School of Management to discuss a wide range of collaboration opportunities, particularly in the areas of biomedical sciences, complex systems and strategic management. Universidad del Rosario is one of the oldest universities in Colombia and the alma mater for 32 of Colombia's presidents.
Dr. Ruben G. Echeverria, Director General, Colombia's International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) visits Purdue University. Dr. Echeverria was invited to visit Purdue by Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, a Purdue Distinguished Professor of Agronomy and winner of the 2010 World Food Prize. During Dr. Echeverria's visit, he led a seminar entitled, "CIAT new research challenges, an opportunity to build strategic alliance with U.S. Universities." Dr. Echeverria, who met with CPIASR team members when they visited CIAT in March, met again with members of the CPIASR during his Purdue visit with the aim of building strong research relationships between the two organizations. More info
Eleven CPIASR team members visited a total of 11 Colombian universities and 8 related institutions during a three-city tour of Colombia. The primary activities of the team's visits were interacting with students and faculty, providing brief presentations of CPIASR and nanoHUB.org, participating in lab tours and discussing shared research and educational opportunities.
Highlights of the team's visit to Cali, Medellin and Bogota included: (i) a meeting with Mr. Luis Carlos Sarmiento, one of Colombia's top entrepreneurs and business leaders, head of the financial services empire Grupo Aval, and president of the educational foundation Colfuturo; (ii) a visit with Colombia's Ministra of Education Maria Fernanda Campos; (iii) a meeting with EPM General Manager Federico Restrepo Posada regarding the opening of a nanotechnology center in Medellin; and (iv) a meeting with Ann Mason of the Fulbright Foundation to develop a partnership between CPIASR and Fulbright; and (v) a nanotechnology presentation by several of CPIASR faculty members to more than 1,500 students onsite and through video-conferencing at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota. More info about the visit