Tigineh Mersha, professor of management, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research during the 2009-10 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. This makes him the fifth Merrick faculty member to have been selected as a Fulbright Scholar over the years.
Mersha will spend seven months at the School of Business and Economics at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He will assist the school with curriculum development as well as teach graduate courses in operations management. In addition he will conduct research in social entrepreneurship.
Mersha is one of about 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people—108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States—with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Among the thousands of prominent Fulbright alumni are: Muhammad Yunus, managing director and founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006; Javier Solana, foreign policy chief of the European Union; Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University; Craig Barrett, chairman of the board, Intel Corporation; Shamshad Akhtar, the first woman to hold the position of governor of the State Bank of Pakistan; Alejandro Jara, deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization; Raoul Cantero, justice in the Florida Supreme Court; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, writer; Daniel Libeskind, architect; Aneesh Raman, CNN Middle East correspondent; and Sibusiso Sibisi, president and CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.
Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and those of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.