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2018-19 Global Engagement Institute Participants Announced

The Office of Global Engagement has announced the participants of the 2018-19 Global Engagement Institute. The program provides professional development, support, guidance and consultation for faculty and staff interested in developing research, scholarship or academic programs with an international focus. Faculty and staff gain opportunities to expand their international engagement to strengthen NC State’s collaboration with global partners. This year’s participants are:

  • Josip Simunovic – Assistant Research Professor, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Project – Developing mobile technologies to reduce waste of fruit and vegetable crops in Asia and Africa
  • DeLeon Gray – Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, College of Education
    • Project – Supporting Kenyan teachers in co-developing instructional strategies
  • Matthew Booker – Associate Professor, History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Project – Research interests in agricultural biotechnology in Ethiopia
  • Moses Khisa – Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Project – Ongoing research on the politics of revenue bargains and civil/military relations in
  • Lokendra Pal – Assistant Professor, Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
    • Project – Grant in progress on sustainable health enterprises for the sanitation crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Veronica Catete – Research Scientist, College of Education
    • Project – Continuing STEM teacher training in Rwanda
  • Delisia Matthews – Assistant Professor, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, College of Textiles
    • Project – Sub-Saharan fashion brand research on growing connections with industry partners in Africa
  • Sid Thakur – Professor and Director of Global Health Initiative, College of Veterinary Medicine; Associate Director, Comparative Medicine Institute
    • Project – Antimicrobial resistance and global health in Ethiopia
  • Jessica Murphy – Director of Student Involvement Management, Division of Academic and Student Affairs
    • Project – Understanding student involvement in post-colonial countries through partner-based programs
  • Daniel Findley – Senior Research Associate, Institute for Transportation Research and Education
    • Project – Engaging with global partners on traffic engineering and roadway safety

For the 2018-19 academic year, the Institute will focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically involving NC State’s partnerships in East Africa. Each participant will engage in research and development of a project of their choosing related to East Africa. Programming for the Institute will include workshops, a seminar and expert consultation, and will culminate with a Spring Symposium with a visit to regional partner institutions.

Participants recently attended an orientation session to share their plans for engagement in the region and proposed outcomes of their scholarship. Members of the Sub-Saharan African Regional Engagement Team joined the session, and will mentor new cohort members as they develop partnerships in East Africa.

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