Houshyar shares engineering expertise in Uzbekistan as Fulbright Specialist

Contact: Cindy Wagner

Dr. Azim Houshyar

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Azim Houshyar, chair of Western Michigan University’s Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management, has been awarded a highly competitive Fulbright Specialist Award from the U.S. Department of State. He is one of more than 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year.

Houshyar completed a project with the Republic Design Institute “UzEngineering” in Uzbekistan, sharing his expertise in industrial and systems engineering through lectures at numerous universities in Uzbekistan; masterclasses for industrial and systems engineers; and workshops with the Uzbekistan Association of Engineering Consultants. The series of events aimed to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions and communities both in the United States and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities within the field of engineering education.

“We are proud to witness the growing cooperation between Fulbright Specialist Dr. Azim Houshyar and the UzEngineering Institute. Dr. Houshyar has been impressed with the enthusiastic students, faculty and staff and looks forward to sharing technical expertise from his lengthy career,” read a statement from U.S. Embassy in Tashkent.

In addition to his role as chair and professor at WMU, Houshyar has worked as a consultant and conducted workshops and training for Fortune 500 companies, assisting companies in the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Iran, Portugal, Canada and Mexico. He has served as editor-in-chief of International Journal of Modelling and Simulation and as an editor for International Journal of Engineering Research and General Science.

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and other countries. The program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

For 75 years, Fulbright award winners have addressed critical global issues in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni include several distinguished Western faculty and have achieved distinction in many fields, including 60 Nobel Laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize winners and 39 who have served as head of state or government.

More information is available on the Fulbright Program's webpage.

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