Embracing new friendships

Mar 25, 2010

Three Kettering faculty are collaborating internationally in research and development this year, working with colleagues in China and the United Arab Emirates through the Oswald International Faculty Fellowship.

Three Kettering University faculty members are currently engaged in research and development opportunities thanks to the Oswald International Faculty Fellowships. The Kettering Oswald Fellowship allows Kettering faculty to engage in research and teaching opportunities while developing new friendships with universities around the globe.

Dr. Basem Alzahabi, professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. David Strubler, associate professor of Business, who filed a joint application, are currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Professor Alzahabi and Professor Strubler are spending their fellowship term at ALHOSN University and are drawing international headlines for their visit (See coverage at the ALHOSN University website.

Professor Strubler will study the Arab and Islamic cultures, their business practices and interaction with Western business people. Professor Alzahabi will teach some undergraduate courses from an international perspective and participate in special seminars.

ALHOSN University is a leading Abu Dhabi-based institution committed to high quality, value-based education in the UAE. According to a story posted on the Alhosn University web site, the opportunity to host Strubler and Alzahabi “provides an opportunity to share and exchange cultural value between the United States and UAE in an effort to bridge differences between Arab nations and the West, in line with the spirit of cooperation, friendship and understanding clearly defined by President Obama during his 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt.” For Kettering, opening new doors and friendships with institutions such as ALHOSN around the globe is an opportunity the institution will continue to embrace.

Dr. Ilya Kudish, professor of Mathematics, will collaborate with colleagues from Xi’an Polytechnic University to explore the possibility of creating new courses in applied mathematics and Tribology, starting in July. He will also work with colleagues at XPU to explore new approaches in teaching mathematics and statistics and develop research projects in applied mathematics and Tribology.

The Oswald Fellowships sponsor international travel, teaching and research opportunities for faculty members and are made possible by a gift from Kettering alumnus and trustee Bob Oswald ’64 and his wife Marcy.

For more information about the Oswald Fellowship, contact the Office of International Student Programs at international@kettering.edu.

Written by Gary Erwin