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Mandela Fellows pose with President Michael DrakeThe Mandela Washington Fellows visited with The Ohio State University President Michael Drake on Friday, June 23, 2017. President Drake welcomed the fellows to the Ohio State campus, discussed his path to leadership positions and explained how staying true to your values creates good leadership. The six-week long Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is wrapping up its first week in Columbus.

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Ohio State shares campus update with alumni in India

Ohio State alumni gathered for a dinner reception at the Oberoi Hotel at Nariman Point, Mumbai on Friday, June 16. The Ohio State University representatives Geoffrey Chatas, chief financial officer, and Christopher Culley, senior vice president, attended the reception and updated the alumni on recent developments at the university. Chatas and Culley discussed about the energy deal with ENGIE and the new facilities which have been developed on campus.

Also in attendance were five students from the Fisher College of Business who have been interning in Mumbai with Tanna Real Estate and The National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

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Halil Sezen, professor in Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering in the College of Engineering, was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, which will allow for multiple visits.

Sezen will be travelling to Doha, Qatar on two or three separate visits over the next two years and will be affiliated with Qatar University during his Fulbright.

His research, titled, “Retrofit of Deteriorating and Vulnerable Infrastructure using Fiber Reinforced Polymers,” will involve investigation of fiber reinforced polymer and shape memory alloy materials for retrofit and other structural engineering applications.

In order to conduct his Fulbright research, Sezen will collaborate with host researchers and utilize the state-of-the-art material-testing laboratories at Qatar University.

Anyone interested in the Fulbright Scholar Program should contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.

Mandela Fellows visit Franklin County Commissioners

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners welcomed Ohio State Mandela Washington Fellows to a general session and a roundtable discussion with Commissioners John O'Grady, Marilyn Brown, and Kevin Boyce on June 20, 0217. As the administrative head of Franklin County government, the Board of Commissioners sets the strategic direction and fiscal priorities for the 30th largest county in the United States.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities in their communities. It is a program of the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by IREX. The Ohio State University is a sub-grantee of IREX and is supporting the U.S.-based academic program of the Fellowship.

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Abishek Gupta expanding collaborations in India

Abhishek Gupta discussed potential collaborations with academic institutes and industry partners during a recent visit to Ohio State’s India Gateway. A faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State, Gupta is building on his current collaboration with the OSU-IIT-Bombay partnership.

Gupta is currently in India to present his research at IIT-Bombay and is develop a joint program in the area of machine learning. He is also working with Tata Consultancy Services in the areas of cyber security and privacy.

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Mandela Fellows Welcome ReceptionAn opening reception at the Fisher College of Business on Monday evening June 19, 2017 welcomed the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to The Ohio State University. The fellows are starting a six-week academic and leadership institute at Ohio State focusing on leadership and management skills. The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies organized programming for the institute that is focused on public management and five subthemes: health, business and entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, and democracy and governance.

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The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program has awarded a $50,000 grant to C.K. Shum, professor and distinguished university scholar, and Tang-Yi Yang, in the School of Earth Sciences, to develop a prototype to monitor floods, droughts and freshwater resources at basin scales globally. They will use geodetic a satellite-based gravity observational system and the associated cloud based computing tools to conduct their research.

Ohio State’s I-Corps team is composed of Shum, Yang and Ratnesh Bhattacharya, director of the university’s India Gateway in Mumbai. The NSF I-Corps program is an immersive learning experience which will prepare the I-Corps team to go beyond the bounds of traditional instruction to engage with industry, customers and competitors and translate Ohio State faculty research innovations into products and processes that benefit society.

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Waste Management Conference in MumbaiMore than 400 professionals from the private and public sectors attended the Waste Management Innovation Conference in Mumbai on April 17-18, 2017 to identify innovative solutions to reduce waste in India in order to help the economy achieve sustainable growth.

The U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, sponsor of the conference, established a seed capital fund to invest in promising new initiatives, such as innovative waste reduction or avoidance technologies and practices. Proposals for funding will be solicited based on the results of the conference, and Ohio State will award and monitor the grants over the next year.

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Incoming international students from China admitted for autumn semester, and their parents, have the opportunity to attend Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO), a one-day orientation session offered by Ohio State that will take place in Shanghai and Beijing from June 16-24.

This year marks the program’s fifth PDO, and Ohio State expects close to 400 students and 460 parents to attend the orientation this summer. Ohio State expects 1,130 new Chinese students to begin their studies on main campus autumn semester.

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AUCA Career DayThe summer edition of the China Gateway News features stories on visits from the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital to explore opportunities for partnerships, and from the Moritz College of Law to engage with alumni and recruit future students. The China Gateway also hosted a career management workshop for Fisher students, supported recruitment efforts in Shanghai, Jinan and Suzhou, attended a career day with other Big 10 universities with liaison offices in China, and hosted another successful year-end event with students’ parents. Enjoy these stories and more, and learn about how you can connect with and support Ohio State's China Gateway.

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