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Passino joins prestigious Fulbright Specialist Roster

Dr. Kevin Passino shows a group of young students in Colombia how to make a paper speaker with magnets. An Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) professor at The Ohio State University joined a prestigious group of worldwide scholars after recently being named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

ECE professor Kevin Passino is the Director of the Humanitarian Engineering Center, an Ohio State group dedicated to promoting human welfare, social justice and sustainable development through engineering education in the classroom and project work around the world.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) links U.S. scholars and professionals with their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The Roster is a list of all candidates eligible for matching with incoming project requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists. Passino was given the honor on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

The focus of the FSP is educational capacity-building and the development of longer-term educational relationships. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in a vast array of select disciplines, so they may engage in short-term collaborative two-to six-week projects at eligible institutions worldwide. 

Over the next five years, as a Roster candidate, Passino will be considered for project funding requests that require his unique expertise. He is also eligible to receive future Fulbright Specialist grants funding such overseas opportunities.