Virginia Tech hosts four international Fulbright scholars

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 14, 2004 – Virginia Tech is hosting four international scholars during the 2003-04 academic year through the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program.

Those scholars are:

* Diaga Diouf, research professor, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Diouf is conducting research on the identification of molecular markers linked to hyper nitrogen fixation in cowpeas.

* Mqhele Enock-Hershal Dlodlo, dean, Faculty of Industrial Technology at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Dlodlo is conducting research on advances toward fourth generation communication system applications.

* Husni Hammade, associate professor, Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Aleppo in Syria. Hammade is conducting research on improving poultry production by genetic engineering.

* Francisco Lopez-Suevos Fraguela, postdoctoral researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

These four visiting scholars are among the approximately 800 foreign faculty and professionals the Fulbright Scholars Program will bring to the United State to teach and conduct research. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright program is America's flagship international education exchange activity and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Since the program was established, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged n similar activities in the United States.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.