Pitt Engineer is DAAD Research Ambassador

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) announced on September 30, 2015 that Dr. Markus Chmielus, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh has been selected to serve as a DAAD Research Ambassador for the 2015-2016 academic year.

This academic year, the Research Ambassador program is honoring 14 individuals who have conducted a long-term research project in Germany at the doctoral level or above. At the end of August, the 2015-16 Research Ambassadors participated in a two-day seminar addressing the latest developments in German higher education and research and the many generous funding programs available to North American scientists and academics interested in conducting research in Germany or initiating collaborative projects with German colleagues. They have now returned to their respective campuses, where they will serve as liaisons for DAAD in the US and Canada to promote research opportunities in Germany among their colleagues, peers and students. 

DAAD Research Ambassadors help to inspire others to conduct research in Germany by working within their respective departments and serving as a resource to university offices (e.g. the international, fellowship and career development offices). They are also available to answer questions from students and peers from beyond their geographic areas via email. Dr. Chmielus will not only be promoting research in Germany, but will also be representing the University of Pittsburgh on a professional level.