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Master's student receives Fulbright for 2019-20

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Jackson Bennett
An IE graduate student received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Morocco during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Jackson Bennett, a first-year MSIE student, will spend approximately nine months of the upcoming school year at the Université Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. The goal of his project is to develop a machine learning approach to water stress management, an important topic in Morocco. Bennett was notified by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Chair about his appointment on April 3.

Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. 

The Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright alumni include 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 72 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called 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". On August 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law, and Congress created the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government. The United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs oversees Fulbright Program operations throughout the world.