California Western’s Prof. Tabrez Ebrahim has received a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Saudi Arabia with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
The award, recently announced by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board is for research and teaching. Prof. Ebrahim will teach patent law and entrepreneurship courses and conduct a research project concerning patenting and fundraising among early-stage startups in Saudi Arabia. KFUPM is a world leader among science and engineering research universities for the number of U.S. patents filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
As a lifelong learner, Prof. Ebrahim has strong international interests in both teaching and research. “This award gives me the opportunity to gather and analyze data sets for research and develop a new and unique research stream in an area of the world that few U.S. scholars have explored,” says Prof. Ebrahim.
Recipients of Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. A presidentially-appointed 12-member Board is responsible for approving the selection of all Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program recipients. It is designed to establish open communication, foster long-term cooperative relationships, and build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
“In addition to and complementary to the empirical, quantitative, and statistical analysis parts, I will conduct accompanying qualitative interviews with inventors, investors, technology transfer offices, and startups,” says Prof. Ebrahim.
Interestingly, for the teaching component of his Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant, the audience will not be law students, but students and researchers with backgrounds in engineering and sciences. Prof. Ebrahim will spend three months in Saudi Arabia from May to July of 2019.
“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s leading researchers in sciences and engineering and with aspiring entrepreneurs,” says Prof. Ebrahim. “I believe the findings of my research and innovation policy proposals will accelerate Saudi Arabia’s plan to transform its economy to being more knowledge-based and technology-centric.”
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. Fulbrighters have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 Nobel Prize Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prizes winners, 71 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, 37 heads of state or government, and thousands of leaders across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
“In the midst of tremendous geopolitical issues, it’s calming to see that my research project about commerce, entrepreneurship, and invention can help foster great dialogue and knowledge-sharing between nations,” says Prof. Ebrahim. “Peace through patents!”