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Source: Naiqian Zhang, 785-532-2910, zhangn@k-state.edu
Pronouncer: Naiqian is Nei-chien and Zhang is Chang.
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News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415, bbohn@k-state.edu

Thursday, March 18, 2010

K-STATE BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING PROFESSOR TO SERVE AS FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR IN THE PHILIPPINES

MANHATTAN -- A Kansas State University professor has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines.

K-State's Naiqian Zhang, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, will spend four months later this year at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. Zhang will teach and continue his research in sensors for precision agriculture.

It's Zhang's first time as a Fulbright Scholar. He is the third faculty member from K-State's department of biological and agricultural engineering to be named a Fulbright Scholar in the last 10 years.

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.

Zhang joined K-State in 1990 and was promoted to full professor in 2001. He is faculty adviser to the K-State's Robotics Team. He also is a member of Alpha Epsilon, the honor society of agricultural, food and biological engineering; Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society; Gamma Sigma Delta, agriculture honorary; and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.