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June 15, 2010

Construction Management Student to Study in Italy

Dr. Beverly Kahn, Jared Finkelstein and President, W. Hubert Keen
Dr. Beverly Kahn, Jared Finkelstein and President, W. Hubert Keen
Jared Finkelstein, a 2010 BS graduate in construction management engineering technology, is the first student in the history of Farmingdale State College to receive a Fulbright Fellowship from the U.S. government.

Through the Fulbright support Finkelstein, a graduate of East Meadow High School, will pursue graduate studies in Civil Engineering at Polytechnic University of Torino (Turin), Italy, for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Italy, where Finkelstein will study, is one of the most competitive of the program's destinations.

Farmingdale President W. Hubert Keen, a Fulbright recipient, said, "This is a great recognition and honor for Jared, as well as the Department of Construction and Architectural Technology.  I'm sure the experience will be a major part of his education and an inspiration for his future."

The Fulbright application process was initiated at Farmingdale by Dr. Beverly Kahn, professor of political science and campus Fulbright coordinator. Dr. Kahn, who mentored candidates through the arduous application process, said that the Fulbright is the most prestigious and competitive of the scholarships offered by the U.S. government. In the competition for Italy, only 15 percent of the applicants were awarded scholarships for research and graduate study. Finkelstein proved that he could compete well against top students from across the United States and come out a winner.

Finkelstein has spent nearly a decade pursuing the field of engineering. After graduating high school in 2000, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he was assigned to the construction battalion, earning the Civil Engineering Badge and title of structural journeyman. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 2004, he attended Nassau Community College, where he earned the AS degree in civil engineering technology. Next, he enrolled in Farmingdale State College where he completed an ABET-accredited BS degree in construction management engineering technology.

Through his Fulbright opportunity, Finkelstein will participate in numerical modeling studies research, working with Dr. Giovanni Battista Barla, who chairs the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin. When he returns to the United States, Finkelstein plans to gain employment while working towards becoming a professional engineer.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.  Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics.  Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.  For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail fulbright@state.gov.  Students enrolled at Farmingdale State College should contact the campus coordinator, Dr. Beverly Kahn.

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