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Three Drexel University Students Named Fulbright Scholars

June 8, 2010

Three Drexel students, Karen Miller, a dual-degree student working toward a BS in Architectural Engineering and a MS in Science, Technology in Society; Kara Spiller, a dual-degree student in Drexel’s BS/PhD Biomedical Engineering program; and Kent Troutman, a finance major, were named as Fulbright Scholars and will be going abroad to conduct research.

Karen Miller will travel to Turkey to work on the preservation of historic monuments and bridges, educate residents about restoring their historic properties and conduct research at the Conservation and Implementation Office (KUDEB) of Istanbul’s historic Sulemaniye district. She hopes to use this experience to launch a career into historical preservation. She is a Merrick, NY resident and graduate of Sanford H. Calhoun High School.

Kara Spiller, who conducted research in Shanghai this year, will conduct research in tissue engineering at the University of Minho in Guimaraes, Portugal. She will be a member of the Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group. The site is also the headquarters of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Spiller expressed excitement working for a world-renowned tissue engineering laboratory. She grew up in the EastFalls/Germantown area of Philadelphia and attended Mt. St. Joseph Academy.

Kent Troutman studied in Beijing earlier this year and will travel back to China to one of its leading financial universities, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Sichuan provenance, to study interest rate policies that would allow microfinance to be an effective poverty-alleviation tool. He wants to use his Fulbright experience to launch a career in the field of economic development policy in the Foreign Service Office or at an international non-governmental organization. He grew up in North Philadelphia, attended Faith Tabernacle High School and began collegiate studies at Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Drexel in fall 2007.

About Fulbright: The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government and has provided approximately 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

About Drexel: Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is the nation’s 14th largest private university and was ranked in 2010 as one of the nation’s most innovative universities by US News & World Report. Drexel is widely recognized for its focus on experiential learning through its co-operative education program, technology and use-inspired research.


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