By Mark Dwortzan
Professor Herbert F. Voigt (BME) has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to work at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) during the 2014-2015 academic year. Voigt will help develop a new biomedical engineering PhD program to be offered jointly by PUCP and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia . In addition, he plans to work with the Instituto Nacional de Salud (Peru’s version of the NIH) to initiate a research program focused on detecting heavy metals in biological samples.
Voigt is one of about 1,100 US faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright US Scholar Program in 2014-2015. Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and operating in more than 155 countries, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between citizens of the US and those of other nations.
“I am at once very honored and excited by this opportunity. The Fulbright will allow me to continue working with colleagues at several Peruvian institutions on both educational and research initiatives,” said Voigt. “One of my goals is to create a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship between these institutions and Boston University’s College of Engineering and School of Public Health.”
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late US Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given over 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.