Wilkes University


Kudos to Vijay Arora

Professor Vijay K. Arora, on the Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), has been given an opportunity to visit Brazil for 16 days starting August 19, 2017, at the Federal University of Itajubá, to advise on tailoring programs in electrical engineering education. 

Professor Arora has already advised Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India on the aspiration of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which accredits Wilkes engineering programs. ABET, as a founding member of the Washington Accord, is now going global so graduates trained in one country are equally capable of performing professionally in another country of the Washington Accord. 

The objectives of the program are: 1. Draft new courses in electric power engineering. 2. Offer students a new window into practical aspects of material that is normally taught by presenting a theoretical view only 3. Work with professors teaching electrical engineering power courses in developing additional classes, in particular for graduate-level studies. 4. By extension, attract engineers from the power industry to participate in these courses/seminars for the purpose of enhancing their expertise, in the form of continuing education classes.

The Itajubá Federal University/Electrical and Energy Systems Institute provides an important contribution to the power industry in Brazil, and this project, once implemented, can translate in funding for specific projects where students can develop important skills while providing a valuable assistance to the industry. The classes will be held in English. It is important in this interconnected world, where most of the technical relevant literature is in English, that the students experience meaningful exposure to technical English. The project is specifically developed to cause great impact in the Electrical Engineering Program of the Itajubá Federal University.