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Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant to Conduct Research in Nigeria
September 10, 2010

– Florida A&M University (FAMU) Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Professor Egwu E. Kalu has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at Covenant University, Ota in Nigeria during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Kalu will conduct research in collaboration with Covenant University Faculty colleagues in renewable energy system by investigating the development of a continuous reactor and catalyst system for the production of biodiesel.  They will use local raw materials that will not impact adversely on the food security issues of the country. Kalu, one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, will also teach computational methods in chemical engineering.

“I was very excited,” Kalu said of his initial reaction. “This a great opportunity — not just for me, but for my field and the university. Energy is a major issue and the support I have received has been tremendous.”

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.

Kalu joined the faculty of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering as an assistant professor of chemical engineering.   Since his arrival at the College, he has taught courses in the different areas of chemical engineering including courses in numerical computations, materials science, kinetics and reactor design and electrochemical engineering. His research interests are in the synthesis of nanocluster materials for renewable energy systems including electrocatalytic materials for batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen generation.

Kalu has been published in prestigious journals and conferences in his profession. He is the recipient of a number of honors and awards including the NASA Faculty Fellowship, Lockheed Martin E&M Minority Institution of the Year Award and the FSU First-Year Assistant Professor Research Award.

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