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2014 Fulbright Update!

March 7, 2014

Seven Drexel students and alumni have been offered study/research grants by the prestigious Fulbright US Student Program this year. 

Huge congratulations to Bradley Boehringer, Matt D’Arcy, Amanda Decker, Kerry Hamilton, Lauren Pitts, Adams Rackes and Hunter Snyder, as well as to Fulbright Alternate Emily Buck.


Brad BoehringerBradley Boehringer (Nursing Education, MS ’14, Finland) is interested in evolving simulation technology that has rapidly become the norm in medical education. While he currently works in a Boston emergency department and for LifeFlight of Maine, Brad looks forward to partnering with Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland to establish and implement a mobile nursing simulation center for the country’s rural areas.


Matt D'ArcyMatt D’Arcy (Mechanical Engineering, BS’ 14, Honors, South Korea) will be joining the mission efforts of KAUSAT-5, a small satellite being designed and developed by the Space Systems Research Laboratory of Korea Aerospace University with the goal of mapping the Earth in the infrared spectrum.  Matt studied abroad in Denmark during his junior year, where he got a taste for international experience, and was also involved in the early development of Drexel’s first satellite, DragonSat-1, launched in November of 2013 under the mentorship of Dr. Jin Kang.


Amanda DeckerAmanda Decker (Chemical Engineering, BS/MS ’14, Honors, Germany) will be working in conjunction with two departments at Ruhr University of Bochum (Oncology and Medical Engineering) to study sonoporation as a drug delivery system.  She also looks forward to applying her chemical engineering plant skills through design work on microbubbles for large-scale pharmaceutical use. Amanda’s faculty mentor is Dr. Steven Wrenn.


Kerry HamiltonKerry Hamilton (Environmental Engineering, PhD ‘16, Australia) will be conducting a risk assessment of Brisbane’s roof-harvested rainwater in the laboratory of Dr. Simon Toze at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Kerry was an Association of Schools of Public Health fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency and currently serves as president of Drexel Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (DGWISE), which organizes academic, community service, and networking events for the Drexel community. Her faculty mentor is Dr. Charles Haas.


Lauren PittsLauren Pitts (Couple and Family Therapy MS ’13, EdD ’17, Barbados) will be studying the impact of father-daughter communication on adolescent daughters’ sexual decision-making in Barbados. While earning her Master’s in Family Therapy at Drexel, Lauren was awarded the department’s Ivan Boszomenyi-Nagy Social Justice and Clinical Excellence Award, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/ Health Resources and Services Administration scholarship.


Adams RackesAdams Rackes (Architectural Engineering, BS/PhD ’16, Honors, Brazil) will be collaborating with a leader in indoor air quality, Roberto Lamberts of Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, to develop a labeling system for naturally ventilated buildings His current research focuses on using machine learning and optimization techniques to improve the control of ventilation in commercial buildings in order to both save energy and improve indoor air quality. Adams also holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University. His faculty mentor is Dr. Michael S. Waring.


Hunter SnyderHunter Snyder (Film and Video Studies, BS ’12, Denmark/Greenland) will explore the relationship of Greenland’s Inuit with labor and land in light of the transformations caused by mining activity in the Arctic. In addition to the Fulbright, his recent awards include a National Geographic Young Explorer Award, a National Science Foundation EAGER Grant, an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, and a grant from the Arctic Institute of North America. He is currently taking graduate anthropology classes at the University of Oxford.


Emily BuckEmily Buck (Materials Science and Engineering, BS/MS ’14, Honors, Switzerland) hopes to conduct biomedical research at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, aimed at increasing the capacity of a specific protein to regenerate damaged cardiac tissue. Emily is a 2013-14 Goldwater Scholar, 2014-15 Whitaker Fellow and was awarded the 2014-17 NSF Graduate Research Fellow. In addition to research, she is very interested in encouraging women and minority students to pursue careers in STEM fields and hopes to continue her outreach activities throughout her graduate education.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards funding for one academic year of self-designed study, research, creative projects, or teaching English in one of over 140 countries around the world. 

For more information please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website or email