Twenty-three professors from universities and colleges across the U.S., including three from the Fulton Schools, were selected to participate in the Jewish National Fund’s 2018 Summer Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel.
Rong Pan, associate professor of industrial engineering, Jit Muthuswamy, associate professor biomedical engineering, and Javier Gonzalez-Sanchez, lecturer of software engineering, traveled throughout Israel from May 26 to June 7.
During the program, they met Israeli professors from their respective disciplines and with the same, or similar, research interests, all with the goal of developing collaborations, research projects, co-authoring articles and establishing exchange programs between faculty and students.
The academics also met with professionals and experts involved in government, industry, education, media, and other sectors to understand the many facets of Israel’s evolving national and international policies.
Those who took part gained a deeper awareness of Israel as a “start-up nation,” its success in water innovation, and how the country addresses regional and global challenges.
They also got a look at contemporary Israeli society, culture, historical sites, the people and the way of life in Israel.
The Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel is a competitive academic fellowship that invites full-time university and college faculty members to apply to participate in a two-week fellowship in Israel. The program links scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major institutions for the purpose of initiating exchanges and collaborations.
During the summer 2018 program, Pan, Muthuswamy and Gonzalez-Sanchez were joined by two other ASU faculty whose expertise includes health care delivery, history, philosophy and religious studies. Faculty from other universities across the country represented engineering, nursing, public health, mathematics, political science, environmental science and public administration.
Fulton Schools faculty members have taken other sojourns to Israel as part of the winter Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel.