Monday, December 2, 2019

Fulbright Specialist Program Engineering Education Project

Open Call

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) is seeking a highly qualified professional to serve as a Specialist for the approximately 2-week project “Automation Processes of the Uses of Natural Resources” to take place in Bogotá, Colombia beginning in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions. Grant benefits include international round-trip economy class airfare, transit allowance, all applicable visa fees, a daily honorarium, enrollment in a limited health benefits program, lodging, meals, and in-country transportation.

Host Institution: Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz

Proposed Timeframe: Approximately two weeks, ideally between mid-November and December 2019. Please note that dates may be flexible between March and April 2020, based upon the chosen candidate’s availability.

Location of Project: Bogotá, Colombia

Project Activities
Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz and Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios (UNIMINUTO), two private higher education institutions, work together to develop and promote scientific research to address social problems in Colombia. They seek a Specialist who can provide insight on developments in the automation of food production and farming in order to enhance Colombia’s competitiveness in regional and international markets.

During the approximately two-week visit, the Specialist will engage with activities that include but are not limited to:
  • Leading workshops for students, researchers, and professors on the innovations in automation of agricultural production, and the role of these technologies in natural resource transformation
  • Advising on pedagogical methods for enhancing training in this topic at academic and professional levels
  • Reviewing and evaluating current undergraduate curriculum addressing this topic across several programs, such as Engineering, Systems Engineering, Technology of Automation, and Agroecological Engineering and providing recommendations to ensure alignment with international standards
  • Participating in a closing conference for participants to share insights gained through the project with other institutions of higher education and the public.

Preferred Qualifications
The Specialist must possess knowledge in environmental and sustainability issues, particularly expertise in agricultural engineering, and demonstrated interest in social engagement projects. They should also have substantial experience in curriculum development and academic advising. Specialists with some proficiency in Spanish are preferred, however all applicants who possess the relevant expertise are encouraged to apply.

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