Dr. Bade Shrestha, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and will be heading to Japan in September to lecture and conduct research at Nihon University, College of Science and Technology in Tokyo for 10 months. He will be conducting research and teaching classes on clean energy technology and energy policy.
“This is an opportunity to showcase Western teaching and research to Japanese students and scholars, and internationally,” Shrestha said. “My research will focus on clean energy technology and energy policy as Japan is one of the top leading countries in the world in clean energy technology development and implementation.”
He noted that Japan has dropped its reliance on coal from over 86 percent to less than 19 percent of total energy in recent years.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It aims to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”
“I’m honored to be selected for the Fulbright award and represent WMU,” Shrestha said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to share mutual experiences and accomplishments with my host institution and the local community.”
ABOUT THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in more than 125 countries throughout the world.
The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.