B. Cole Awarded Fulbright Scholar GrantCategory:
Will Teach and Conduct Research in Germany, Russia
Bryce E. Cole, associate professor of engineering at Walla Walla College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research at the University of Applied Arts and Sciences in Hildesheim, Germany during the 2004-05 academic year.
Cole will teach groundwater hydrology, international construction, technical English, and mathematics for engineers, and will also collaborate on the implementation of a computer simulation of a flood control model.
“I’m a bit excited about the project,” says Cole, “since my German colleague and I will be traveling to Russia to work on a collaboration with a technical university in Rostov on Don. I’m afraid my Russian is limited to what I have read in the “Eloise Goes to Moscow” book I read to my kids, though.”
“I’m looking forward to reminding myself how difficult it is to be productive in a different language,” says Cole.
Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their field.
Cole is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for the 2004-05 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Cole earned a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in engineering from Walla Walla College in 1987, a master of science in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1989, and a doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. Cole has taught at Walla Walla College in the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering since 1995. Cole teaches civil engineering classes at the school, which enrolls approximately 200 students in its civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and bioengineering programs.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.
Over its 58 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States.
Among thousands of prominent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in Economics; James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Laureate in Medicine; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation.They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers, and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of the several Fulbright exchange programs.