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Both the Fulbright Scholar and Student Programs offer numerous funding options for individuals and, in some cases, for institutions. The session leaders will take time to describe the options for students, scholars, administrators and professionals. Also on the panel will be a recent Fulbright Scholar recipient who can describe, from the personal level, why he applied, what he did, and what resulted from his grant. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions. Handouts will be available for attendees, as well as all Power Point presentations.
A native of Texas, Andy Riess earned his B.A. from Baylor University (history, political science, philosophy, Latin) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University (Russian history, Inner Asia, Eastern Europe, Ottoman Empire). A veteran of the United States Army Security Agency, he has also studied at the Frei Universität - Berlin, Moscow State University, and the Graduate School of Business, New York University. Dr. Riess has worked in the worlds of academia, for-profit, and not-for-profit in the United States and abroad. For 18 years, he was in charge of Fulbright Scholar programs in the Former Soviet Union, Western Europe, and Asia for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in Washington, D.C. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Dr. Riess had a leading role in establishing Fulbright programs in each of the fifteen newly independent republics. He was named, early in 2008, to head recruitment efforts for American scholars for the Fulbright Scholar Program at CIES. He is currently Assistant Director for Outreach and is in charge of advertising, catalogs, webinars and other externally-focused functions. Each year he represents the Fulbright Scholar Program at numerous venues around the country.
Dr. Charles Wallace is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Michigan Technological University and is currently the Interim Chair of the Computer Science Department. His research and teaching activities lie broadly in the area of software engineering; more specifically, he is interested in how humans can better understand the software they build and use. This has led him to a wide variety of projects: applications of formal methods to problems in programming languages and parallel computing; pattern based approaches to effective communication in software teams; software usability and accessibility issues for underrepresented user constituencies.
Dr. Wallace's dissertation work concerned the use of "lightweight" formal methods, harnessing the analytical power of computers to enlighten software developers by identifying dark corners and hidden assumptions. Later work has explored how humans can enlighten one another, through effective communication in software development. Most recently, he has examined the obstacles that older and low-income people face in adopting digital technology.
Teaching and outreach are important complements to Dr. Wallace's research. He was one of the founders of the successful B.S. degree program in Software Engineering at Michigan Tech, authoring the degree proposal and guiding its development ever since. He has helped to lead a multi-institutional effort to build instruction on communication into software engineering curricula. One outreach effort pairs Computer Science students with local elders in digital literacy tutoring sessions. Another project brings instruction in programming to local middle and high school students.
Supported by a Fulbright grant, Dr. Wallace spent the first half of 2010 at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. He instituted a course in software testing that is still being taught today, and he established connections with software engineering faculty for future collaboration. Through these connections, he was able to organize a summer school on software engineering in 2013, supported by the National Science Foundation's Pan American Advanced Studies Institute and the Microsoft Research LACCIR Virtual Institute. Apart from these professional benefits, the Fulbright grant also gave Dr. Wallace and his family a great opportunity to learn and grow personally.
Sabeen Altaf is currently the Senior Program Officer for Science, Technology and Private Programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE). She manages the Whitaker International Program which sends emerging U.S.-based biomedical engineers abroad to study and/or undertake a self-designed research project, the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) Program, a leading international consortium for undergraduate engineering exchange, and the Confucius China Studies Program for U.S. based MA and PhD students pursuing doctoral research in China. Sabeen has worked in the non-profit sector since 2002, focusing on education and international development. In 2002, Sabeen joined the Aga Khan Foundation in Karachi, Pakistan where she worked on economic development projects for rural areas. Between 2004 and 2008, Sabeen worked at the Arab American Institute where she oversaw scholarship programs, census-related projects, and fundraising for events. In 2009, Sabeen moved to New York City to work as a Development Consultant. Sabeen earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota – Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in 2001.