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Myler tapped for Fulbright Specialists Award

Harley Myler, professor and electrical engineering department chair at Lamar University, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Tunisia at the EHigher Institute of Engineering and Technology (ESPRIT ) during February 2012, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Harley MylerMyler, who holds the William B. and Mary G. Mitchell Chair of Engineering, will assist the ESPRIT engineering faculty in improving and modernizing their teaching methods, to include novel student project development techniques that are a focal point of Lamar’s Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering.

Myler is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fullbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fullbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities of two to six weeks to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary academic institutions around the world.

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity. Over its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. More than 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation. Distinguished Fulbright Specialist participants include Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor of Religion at Temple University, Heidi Hartmann, President and CEO, Institute for Women's Policy Research, Percy R. Luney, Jr. Dean and Professor, College of Law, Florida A&M University and Emily Vargas-Barone, Founder and Executive Director of the RISE Institute.