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2021 Global Engagement Grant honorees chosen

Published on Mon 08/30/21

Sent on behalf of Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Interdisciplinary Initiatives


Texas A&M University is proud to announce the selected winners of the 2021 Global Engagement Grants program. This year’s call for proposals yielded 17 proposals featuring over 60 faculty from 13 different colleges and schools, as well as branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar. The proposals represented the vast array of research, experiential learning, and global partnerships of Texas A&M University and were reviewed on four elements — Novelty, Quality, Sustainability, and Impact — by both internal and external reviewers. Now in its fourth year, this cohort of proposals was the most competitive yet, with very small margin of separation between the top 10. 


The three honorees for 2021 Global Engagement Grants are:


Introduction to Research Abroad Program (IRAP): Engaging Freshman & Sophomore Students in Developing Solutions to Global Problems

  • Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina, PI (Contributing Faculty from the College of Engineering, College of Education & Human Development, College of Geosciences, Mays Business School, and College of Agriculture & Life Sciences)


Flood Resilient Aggies Program (FRAP)

  • Dr. Samuel Brody, PI (Contributing Faculty from Texas A&M University at Galveston, the College of Architecture, and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)


Developing a Global Collaborative Learning Environment for Architecture Product Innovation and Sustainable Manufacturing

  • Dr. Jyhwen Wang, PI (Contributing Faculty from the College of Engineering, College of Architecture, and Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway)


Additionally, a fourth proposal was identified during the proposal review process that met additional criteria and will be funded from residual funds from the Institute for Pacific Asia in Public Partnership & Outreach.


Planning for Extreme Heat: Applying a Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard to Evaluate Urban Heat Vulnerability in Tokyo, Japan

  • Dr. Siyu Yu, PI (Contributing Faculty from the College of Architecture and the University of Tokyo)


The Institute for Pacific Asia was formed in 1986 after a presidential interdisciplinary taskforce to review university strengths, needs, and opportunities in the regional geographic focus of the Pacific Asia region. The programmatic focus of the Institute was designated for science, technology, and economic development in China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, and Korea, with particular focus on facilitating interactions that build on meaningful institutional partnerships, reciprocal exchange, and applicable science. The Institute’s work is facilitated by Public Partnership & Outreach and its services offered as Global Partnership Services.


A summary and more details of each proposal can be found at Global Engagement Grants.


The Global Engagement Grant was established in 2017 as a key element of the A&M Abroad: Global Engagement Plan facilitated by the vice provost in concert with the International Programs Committee representatives from each college and school and the International Advisory Board (IAB). The IAB is comprised of external business leaders who have significant experience in international affairs and partnerships who advise the university on global engagement efforts.