News from Fulbright Alumnus Andrei Nejur
"Between 11/26/2016 and 11/30/2016 I had the privilege to participate at arguably the best and most important computer aided design conference in the world, Acadia 2016, held at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. The conference organized by the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture was entitled Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines. The various papers and projects presented during the conference explored recent work within computational design that develops and applies the integration of software, information, fabrication, material intelligence and sensing to generate mechanisms for interfacing with the physical realm.
The paper I presented summarized the results of my one year of research at the University of California Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. The paper entitled 'Ivy: Bringing a Weighted-Mesh Representation to Bear on Generative Architectural Design Applications' was coauthored with assistant professor Kyle Steinfeld from the UC Berkeley CED. It presented the endeavor undertaken to create a tool suited for cheap, fast and reliable fabrication of low polygon custom geometries from flat sheet materials. The research together with the resulting software tool (Ivy for Grasshopper) opens new avenues for generative architectural design allowing for rapid prototyping of custom forms without the need for costly numerically controlled fabrication tools. It also enables further research and full scale production of bespoke architectural geometries with an optimized set of software instruments that link fabrication constrains to early design intent in an iterative way.
The Truth and Nothing But the Truth
News from U.S. Fulbright Scholar Richard St. Peter: „I wanted to send you some exciting news about my work here in Craiova. The National Theatre Marin Sorescu is participating in a transatlantic theatre project about privacy. It is being called ‘Plurality of Privacy Project in 5 Minute Plays’. There are 14 participating theatres, 5 in the U.S. and 9 in Europe. The Romanian play is called The Truth and Nothing But the Truth by Mihaela Michailov and I was just invited by the theatre to direct this short play. I am very excited about this… Here is a link to the project website: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/kul/sup/p3m.html”
News from U.S. Fulbright Scholar Melanie Shepard
Dr. Melanie Shepard, Fulbright Scholar at the Faculty of Social Work and Sociology at Babes-Boylai University, attended a conference on empowering youth called "Project of children and young adults who participate, act and influence decisions in society." There were presentations from projects that had been funded to work with youth in a variety of community settings. A grant from the European Union funded 30 projects in 10 EU countries. In addition to this conference, Dr. Shepard has enjoyed teaching a course on domestic violence and lecturing about child protection in the United States and family policy.
Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School Information Session at Fulbright-EducationUSA Advising Center
On Friday, October 21, the Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright-EducationUSA Advising Center were proud to host a public information session about graduate study opportunities at Harvard Business School (HBS) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) at Harvard University. Four distinguished alumni of this prestigious institution - Ms Anca Harasim, president of AmCham and HKS alumna, Ms Madalina Pruna, World Bank specialist and HKS alumna, Ms Elena Solomon, a recent HBS graduate, and Ionut Soleanicov, co-founder of Teach for Romania and alumnus of both programs – offered their insights and practical advice concerning both the entry pathway into these schools as well as the level of excellence to which the participants must rise. The speakers recounted their own experiences while at HBS and HKS, touching on teaching and learning methods as well as financial aid opportunities. In response to questions coming from the audience, they discussed their own applications, talked about admission standards and spoke about the professional development opportunities which opened up for them as a result of their hard work as HBK and HKS graduates. All four of our guests kindly provided the participants with their contact information and offered their support. The meeting was introduced by the Director of the Fulbright Commission, Rodica Mihaila, who also spoke about the range of services that the Fulbright Commission and the Educational Center are proud to offer to any prospective Romanian applicant to U.S. universities.
Lipscomb University Rep Meets Students at Bucharest High School and @FEAC-EducationUSA
The Fulbright Educational Advising Center-EducationUSA was happy to host, on Thursday, October 20, an information session featuring Lipscomb representative Rachel Stowe (Assistant Director of International Student Recruitment, Lipscomb University).
Our guest delivered an engaging presentation on study opportunities at Lipscomb University, a liberal arts university based in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee. The participants, mainly 11th and 12th graders, had a chance to learn more Lipscomb’s rich academic offerings (complete with a strong service component), campus life, the admission process and the forms of financial aid opportunities they can choose from (including a 50%-tuition discount for all admitted international students).
On the same day, one half of our advising duo accompanied our guest to “Cantemir Vodă” National College -, where an average 50 students gathered to hear the presentation, eager to learn more about this school in particular and study opportunities in the U.S. in general.
We took this opportunity to tell participants a few words about the resources awaiting them at FEAC-EducationUSA and about the newly launched competition for our 2017 Opportunity Funds program.
My fulbright experience
Students at the advising center
- Anna's Odyssey - by Anna Claspy
- RomericanJourney - by Damaris Lois Bangean
- A Most Unexpected Year - by Melanie Shoffner
- Eric Fretz
- Polar Bear in the Balkans - by David Jimenez
- Romaniadventure - by Anna Sherod
- Romania plus Hannah equals a blog - by Hannah Wolf
- A Palette for Thought - by Elijah Ferbrache
- A Year in Romania - by Anne Murray
- Lauren Hermele
- Katelyn Arlene Browher