Fulbright scholar chooses Auburn engineering for graduate studies

Published: Sep 14, 2006 12:10:15 PM
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Rula Allaf - Fullbright scholarFulbright scholar Rula Allaf has chosen to join the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering as she pursues a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering.

"We are glad to have Rula as a part of our doctorate program," said Alice Smith, chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. "She is an excellent student and it is a privilege to have her in our department."

Allaf is originally from Amman, Jordan, where she attended private schools and received her International Baccalaureate high school diploma. After being awarded an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, Allaf was appointed to the mechanical design unit of the Royal Scientific Society. After spending five years as an internal auditor, Allaf went on to receive a master's degree in industrial engineering and management from Jordan University.

In 2004, Allaf became a full time lecturer in the industrial engineering department at Jordan University. Knowing that it would take more study to become a specialized instructor, researcher or consultant, she applied to Fulbright for a scholarship. After a year of tests and interviews, Allaf was named one of 15 Fulbright grantees from Jordan.

"We chose Auburn University as the best place for me to pursue my doctorate," Allaf said. "I look forward to taking the knowledge and experience gained here to future engineering students and to providing consultancy and guidance to the industries and organizations in Jordan."

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, governments in other countries and the private sector, the Fulbright Program provides funds for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, and teaching abroad. The program was established to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of students, knowledge and skills. In the 60 years since it was created, over 250,000 individuals have received Fulbright grants - more than 100,000 Americans and 150,000 citizens from around the world.