SpaceLab welcomes visiting Fullbright scholar Prof Scott Madry
In April 2017 Scott Madry, a research associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant to visit UCT ‘SpaceLab’ in the Department of Electrical Engineering for teaching and research collaborations during 2017 and 2018.
Prof. Madry arrived for his first visit in April 2018, during which he lectured in the Space Applications course.
“The University of Cape Town is the premier university in all of Africa,” Madry says. “I’ll be working with faculty and graduate students in the SpaceLab, which is an interdisciplinary facility focusing on the peaceful uses of outer space and space-related technologies.” Madry is a world-recognized expert in the use of satellites for practical purposes, including applying imaging satellites, Navigation systems, and Geographic Information Systems to cultural and natural resources needs. An important aspect of Madry’s grant is to conduct seminars and hands-on workshops with graduate students, where he will be working to promote the use of Open Source geospatial tools for disaster planning and management in South Africa.
Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program started in 1946, the Senior Specialists Program aims to increase the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright. The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars