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May 13th, 2009
AMES, Iowa — Brian Steward, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research in Brazil.
Steward will spend the 2009-2010 academic year at the Federal University of ViÃ§osa developing unified modeling technologies for biorenewable production systems in Brazil and the United States. He is one of approximately 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, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people — 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States — 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. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.