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Five from MIT named Fulbright scholars

Two current students and three recent graduates will study abroad for the 2012-13 academic year.
Two current MIT students and three recent graduates have been awarded Fulbright scholarships to study abroad for the 2012-13 academic year.

Launched in 1946 to advance international partnership and mutual understanding, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 310,000 students the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared global concerns. Each Fulbright grant covers the costs of travel abroad and living expenses for one academic year.

The newest Fulbright scholarship winners from MIT, along with information about how they will use their Fulbright scholarship, is as follows:

Daniel Jimenez, a Virginia native who graduated from MIT with undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and music in 2010 and an SM in structural engineering in 2011, will travel to the Philippines to implement improved infrastructure technology to provide stronger residential structures in typhoon-prone areas. This work will build upon his previous experiences in Zambia, where he used compressed-earth brick technology for new homes, and in Bolivia, where he built bridges.

Diana Jue, a native of Los Angeles who completed her SB in urban planning and economics in 2009 and will earn her SM in urban studies this spring, has been awarded a Fulbright to India to examine the Indian Administrative Service. Specifically, Jue will attempt to uncover the reasons behind this office’s success in initiatives including increasing affordable housing.

Cyrus Rich, a Massachusetts native who will graduate this spring with undergraduate degrees in mathematics and management, will travel to China to examine the perceptions of water quality and the development of potable water systems.

David Rolnick
, a resident of Vermont who will graduate this spring with a double major in mathematics and music, will travel to Germany to study correlation polytopes under the tutelage of Professor Günter Ziegler at the Free University of Berlin before beginning his doctoral research in mathematics.

Praveen Subramani
, a San Diego native who completed his SB in electrical engineering and computer science and in urban studies and planning in 2010 and who will earn his SM from the Media Lab this spring, will travel to Chile to assist in the deployment of fleets of shared lightweight electrical vehicles. The hope is that this research will reduce traffic congestion in cities like Santiago.

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