By Sara Cody
Research Assistant Professor Jillian Goldfarb (ME, MSE) is the recipient of a Fulbright award for teaching and research for her project “Global Insights into Sustainable Energy Engineering and Sustainable Solutions for Municipal Solid Waste Management.” She will travel to the University of Trento in Italy to complete her appointment in Spring 2017.
“Working with international collaborators we will advance research on a critical problem that directly affects the sustainability of urban communities and quality of life across the globe,” says Goldfarb. “I am looking forward to teaching in a different educational system and learning best practices from new colleagues that I can bring back to my classrooms at BU. It is an honor to represent BU and the U.S. in this exchange.”
Goldfarb has been a faculty member at BU since 2013 and has focused her research on the generation of energy and its impact on the environment. Her Fulbright project will continue the work she began at BU’s Initiative on Cities by addressing municipal solid waste management in urban areas and identifying an environmentally compliant, cost-effective and long-term strategy for solid waste management. She will also teach a course in sustainable energy engineering at the University of Trento during her appointment, and will continue to teach that course at BU when she returns.
“This Fulbright award is the result of groundwork laid by Jillian over several years and her research topic is aligned with the department’s focus on sustainable energy,” said Professor Alice White (ME, MSE), chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. “We are eager to incorporate the course materials that she develops into our curriculum. Winning a Fulbright brings honor not only to Jillian, but also to the department and the college.”
The Fulbright award program, established in 1946 by its namesake, Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, is a federally funded program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs under the U.S. Department of State.