Two professors in Texas Tech University’s Department of Engineering recently received
Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and the department’s
director of graduate studies; and Jordan Berg, a professor of mechanical engineering
and associate director of the university’s Nano Tech Center, are Texas Tech’s recipients
The two were chosen with approximately 800 other U.S. faculty and professionals to
lecture and conduct research in 140 countries around the world.
Ekwaro-Osire recently returned from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, where
he taught a new graduate-level course, collaborated with professors at different Turkish
universities and presented three papers at the International Global Colloquium on
Engineering Education Conference.
"I feel both proud and grateful to have received this prestigious fellowship," Ekwaro-Osire
said. "Hopefully, I made some contributions to Turkey through my academic and professional
interactions. On the receiving end, the exposure to a different culture is always
stimulating and thought-provoking. I’m hoping for a continued exchange between Texas
Tech University, and the Turkish universities and their students."
Berg will serve as a visiting senior lecturer in the Mechanical and Manufacturing
Engineering Department at the University of Ruhuna in Galle, Sri Lanka. While there,
he will conduct collaborative research on applying analytical mechanics and geometric
control theory to problems of current interest in nanotechnology. Also, he will teach
an undergraduate course in which students build autonomous wheeled robots that compete
to best navigate a pre-defined path.
In the last two months of his trip, he will teach a short course on micro- and nanotechnology
at the University of Peradeniya in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
"As a lecturer I hope to introduce a course featuring open-ended goals and emphasizing
creativity, teamwork, and self-directed learning over memorization and replication
of the instructor’s lectures," Berg said. "As a researcher, I hope to, in a small
way, encourage Sri Lankan contributions to cutting-edge research in nanoscience and
"And as a Texas Tech faculty member, I hope to further advance ties with the
Universities of Ruhuna and Peradeniya."
CONTACT: Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, associate professor of mechanical engineering and the
department’s director of graduate studies, (806) 742- 3563 or email@example.com;
Jordan Berg, a professor of mechanical engineering and associate director of the university’s
Nano Tech Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.