CEE professor tapped to research water resources in Israel

Published: May 16, 2023 8:00 AM

By Jeremy Henderson

Jose Vasconcelos, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is one of 32 researchers selected by the Jewish National Fund-USA to travel to Israel for its 2023 Summer Faculty Fellowship Program.

Funded by the Jewish National Fund-USA’s Boruchin Center and individual donors, the tour is a fully paid intensive program for full-time academics from leading American universities. 

In addition to Auburn, this year's program includes representatives from the University of South Florida, Purdue University, Arizona State University, Old Dominion University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Seattle University, Texas Tech University, University of Pittsburgh, Wake Forest University, Tulane University, University of Florida, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, San Diego State University, Indiana University, University of Wyoming, Minnesota State University, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Bryn Mawr College, University of Houston, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, University of Utah, Wichita State University, and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Vasconcelos will spend May 27 through June 9 meeting Israeli professors with the same or similar research interests with the goal of developing collaborations, research projects, co-authoring articles, and establishing exchange programs between faculty and students. 

"My area of teaching and research is in water resources management, and Israel has been a world leader in this field due to the water scarcity in their region," said Vasconcelos, who's primary focus is hydraulics and hydrology .

Vasconcelos hopes to glean insights into Israel's success in water innovation, as well as how the country addresses regional and global challenges.

"I will meet with faculty at Technion, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other schools that are focused on water resources research,” Vasconcelos said. “I want to develop partnerships that can benefit the state of Alabama and the U.S."

Media Contact: Jeremy Henderson, jdh0123@auburn.edu, 334-844-3591

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