IIE-SRF Chairman inducted to the Rutgers Board of Governors, interview with Iraqi alumna, and 80+ years partnering with Harvard University
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IIE-SRF Alumna from Iraq Featured in Scientific American
In an interview with Evelyn Lamb for Scientific American and the Association of Women in Mathematics, IIE-SRF alumna Dr. Amal Fahad shares her experiences adjusting to U.S. culture, studying science as a woman, and addressing the needs of Iraq, her home country. During her IIE-SRF fellowship at Harvard University in 2007, Dr. Fahad covered the entire University of Baghdad campus in a wireless mesh network. “Researchers and faculty members were able to use their machines for the first time and get internet connectivity from their offices. That was impossible before,” she says. After defending her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Rochester, Dr. Fahad joined Microsoft as a Software Development Engineer. IIE-SRF congratulates Dr. Fahad on her impressive achievements and the positive impact she has made on so many around the world.
A Shared History with Harvard University
In a partnership that dates back to the 1930s, Harvard University stands out as host to the most IIE scholars, first through IIE’s Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars and now the Scholar Rescue Fund. Established in 2002, Harvard’s Scholars at Risk (Harvard SAR) program offers academic sanctuary, community, and valuable resources to professors, researchers, writers, and other intellectuals facing threats around the world. Committed to involving the entire Harvard community in their efforts, Harvard SAR Director Jane Unrue offers a freshman expository writing class to engage students in discussions about human rights and academic freedom. "The Harvard Scholars at Risk Program is a model and a beacon, a program that works because of the community of friends and supporters with whom it works in partnership," she says. To date, IIE-SRF and Harvard have partnered to support 18 scholars from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, and Uzbekistan.
IIE-SRF Chairman Mark Angelson Inducted to Rutgers Board of Governors
Mark A. Angelson, Chairman of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund and Treasurer of IIE, was inducted this week to the Rutgers Board of Governors. A Rutgers College and Rutgers School of Law-Newark alumnus, Angelson is a member of Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Mr. Angelson joins the board as a public governor and his term will run through 2020. “Mr. Angelson has an extraordinary record of accomplishment in the public and private sectors. The Board of Governors and the entire university will greatly benefit from his intellect, wealth of professional experience and business acumen,” said Rutgers President Robert Barchi.
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