Ethiopian STEM Network in North America

The Ethiopian Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Network in North America  is an informal network of academics and professionals of Ethiopian heritage and other friends of Ethiopia in the United States and Canada.

The objective of the group is to help applied science and engineering education and practice in Ethiopia through teaching, sharing research and development experience, and gathering material and financial resources.

Early on the following modes of involvement were identified for professionals based in North America to support mainly Science and Technology institutions in Ethiopia by providing:

  • Short stay for guest lecturing
  • Spending sabbaticals or similarly long terms in home institutions
  • Permanent employment
  • Adjunct faculty positions
  • Teaching classes online (videos, forums for discussion, short visits when needed/possible)
  • Running workshops aimed at students and/or local faculty – research results, teaching methodologies, best practices from academia and industry
  • Carrying out joint research with home faculty
  • Supervising (alone or jointly) graduate thesis
  • Helping with resources – books, lecture notes, digital libraries, content management systems, laboratory, teaching aids, software etc
  • Advocacy and fund raising

While the group was established as a grass root network of professionals interested in giving back to the homeland, it has gradually established strong working relationships with the Adama and Addis Ababa Science and Technology Universities, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ethiopian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York City.

Ethiopian Science, Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing Field Netowork of Academician and Researchers

S.N

Title

Name of Network Member

Affiliation

Field of Specialization

Specific Contribution

Type of availablity

1

Dr

Abebe Andualem Jenberie

Private Industry

Hydraulic engineering, hyroinformatics

Comutational hydraulics, risk analysis

Short stay for guest lecturing,  joint research, supervision

2

Dr

Abel Eshete

FDA

Mathematical Statistical, Bio Statistics

Teaching and performing collaborative research with statistical, Bio statistics componnent

Short stay for guest lecturing,  joint research, supervision

3

Professor

Assefa Melese

Florida State University

Agricultural engineering, water resources

hydrology and water resources, GIS

Already engaged, working on graduate programs at AASTU

4

Dr

Belete Mebratu

Bufallo School of Education

Curriculum Development and MBA

teacher education, pedagogy, curriculum development, assessment, accreditation, institutional and programs evaluations, and strategic planning

Sabbatical, short stay for guest lecturing,  joint research, supervision

5

Dr

Bereket Abebe Assefa

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship

Environmental Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biosystem Enegineering

Fundamentals of Soils and Pollution Control, Solid Waste Engineering, Water and Waste Water Engineering, Environmental Policy and Law

short stay for guest lecturing, teaching classes online, carrying out joint research with home faculty, and supervising graduate thesis

6

Dr

Biruk Habtemariam

University of Western Ontario

 

HPC, Big Data, Computational Methods

 

7

Dr

Dawit Assefa

Consulting Firm (AECOM)

Irrigation enegineering, hydrology

Water resources, hydrology, H&H Modeling, Remote Sensing

Short stay for guest lecturing, adjunct faculty, joint research, supervision

8

Dr

Demoz G.Egziabher

University of Minnesota

Aerospace and Mech. Engineering

   

9

Dr

Eshetu Beshada

Canada

 

Water and Wastewater Engineering

Short term lecturing

10

Prof

Eyualem Abebe

Elizabeth City State University

Biology

   

11

Dr

Fantahun Defersha

University of Guelph

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering,  manufacturing/mechanical engineering, CAD/CAM

12

Dr

Feseha S. Unduche

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation

Water Resources and Hydrology

Hydraulic, Water Resources, Hydrology

Short stay for guest lecturing,  joint research, supervision

13

Mr

Fisiha Likke

Lesley University

Architecture

Architecture

short stay, advising

14

Dr

Getu Biftu

Golder Associates

Hydrology and Water Resources

Surface Water Hydrology, CC & WR, Cliamte and Environment

Short stay for guest lecturing;  Teaching classes online (videos, forums for discussion, short visits when needed/possible); Running workshops aimed at students and/or local faculty – research results, best practices from industry; Supervising (jointly) graduate thesis; Helping with resources – lecture notes, digital libraries, teaching aids, software

15

 Professor

Girma Bitsuamlak

Western University, WindEEE Research Institute

Research Director WindEEE Research Institute, Western Engineering

Finite element analysis, Building Science, Sustainable Building Engineering , Wind Engineering, Computational Wind Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics  

Short stay for guest lecturing, workshops, supervision, joint research, adjunct, on-line, resources moblization, sabbaticals

16

Dr

Girum Solomon Urgessa

George Masson University

Structural Engineering and Mechanics; Blast Engineering; Mechanics & Structures; Natural & Computational Sciences

   

17

Mr

Hilawe Girma

Senior systems engineer at Ericsson and chariman of ERC-TRI State

Green Tractors and Energy

Linking the R&D of the various enterprise to manufacture a 100% green bio fuel tractor to AASTU and ASTU with assitance of the STEM knowledge trasnfer group

Linking to the AASTU and ASTU insitutions to the industry through internship, subsequent employment and continuing collaboration

18

Dr

Jelani Nilson

Harvard University

Mathmeatics and Computational Mathematics

Computational Methods

 

19

Dr

Kommy Weldemariam

IBM Research Africa

Coputer sceince, HPC, Big Data

   

20

Professor

Kibret Mekuannent

The University of Western Ontario, Canada

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

 

21

Dr

Melkamu Zeleke

New Jersey

Maths

   

22

Dr.

Menberu Meles

University of Georgia/USDA

Agri. Eng/Water Resource/ Hydrology/Hydraulics

Water resource enineering & management, remote sensing, GIS

Short stay lecture/Joint research/supervision

23

Professor

Mesfin Tsige

University of Akron

Polymer science

Polymer science, manufacturing

 

24

Professor

Mululneh Yitayew

Arizona University

Water Resources and Agricultural Engineering

CAD, AutoCAD, Solid Works, E-learning, hydraulic engineering (fluid mechanics), water resources engineering,  and irrigation and drainage engineering

E-learrning, sabbatical, short term

25

Dr

Munib Wober

Harvard

Physics

   

26

Dr

Nebiyu Daniel

USFA

Hydraulic engineering, water resources

Water resources

Short stay for guest lecturing, adjunct faculty, joint research, supervision

27

Dr

Nigussie Tirfesa

Connecticuut

Physics

   

28

Mr

Samuel G.Egziabher

California

Mathematics

Youth math education

 

29

Dr

Samuel Kinde

San Diego State University

Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering

Computational mechanics -Biotechnology/Biomedical/Structural Engineering Software

 

30

Dr

Seifu Gebremeskel Guangul

University of Manitoba & Statntec

Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Application of GIS in Water Resources, Climate Change impact on water resouces

Surface Water Hydrology, Hydrology, GIS

Short stay for guest lecturing, adjunct faculty, joint research, supervision

31

Dr

Seleshi Bekele Awulachew

United Nations

Civil Engineering, hydraulic engineering

Hydropower/Energy, dam engineering, sustainable development, climate change

Short term, graduate thesis, research

32

 

Semu Ayalew Mioges

University of Connecticut and Free Lancer

Water Resources Engineering

Hydrology, Water Resources, Climate Change

Various

33

Mr

Seyoum Senay

Food and Drug Admin

Data analysis, Computer science

High Performance Computer, Big Data

 

34

Dr

Shimelis Aboye

Clemson University

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Short term, graduate thesis, research

35

Dr

Shimeles Gebrye

Florida International University

Water Resoruces

Water resources, research twinning, graduate supervision

 

36

Professor

Solomon Negash

US and Ethiopia

Engineering, MBA, Information Technology

ICT, Information System, Industry, Manufacturing, Consulting

available online, available for one month durations 2-3 times a year

37

Professor

Sosina Haile

Northwestern University

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Energy, material science

 

38

Dr

Tadesse Meskele

Geotechnical Resources Inc

Civil Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

 

39

Dr

Temsegen Markos Kindo

COMSOL Inc

Civil Engineering, structural enginnering, comutational methods

 Structural engineering, computational science, applied mathematics

E-learrning, short term

40

Dr

Tesfaye Kebede

Consultant -- Water and Environment

Hydraulic Engineering,  Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering

River Engineering and Sediment Transport, Surface water flow and transport modeling, Sediment transport modelling, River water quality modeling, Environmental Fluid Mechanics; Reservoir Sedimentation Management B.) Design of hydraulic systems and structures: [Hydropower, Irrigation, Drainage; Water Control, Urban hydraulics]--[Dams, Weirs, Channels,  Tunnels, Water Ways,  Erosion protection] C.) Integrated Water Resources Development;  Ground water flow and transport modeling, 

Short stay, adjunct professorship,  Graduate thesis supervision, joint research, flexible; Curriculum development; Consulting service

41

Prof

Tewodros Asefa

State University of New Jersey

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology; Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; Interim Director, The Rutgers Catalysis Research Center (RCRC);  Member, Institute for Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology (IAMDN)
 Member, The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI)

Biochemistry, Nano Technology, Materials Science,  some aspects of Chemical Engineering, Catalysis, Renewable Energy, and
 Chemistry

Carrying out joint research with home faculty; Supervising (alone or jointly) graduate thesis; Helping with resources – books, lecture notes, digital libraries,
 content management systems, laboratory, teaching aids, software, etc; Adjunct faculty positions, especially if it does not heavily involve
 physically being there

42

Dr

Tadilo Bogale

University of Western Ontario

 

High Performance Computer, Big Data

 

43

Dr

Tufa Dinku

IRI Columbia University

Physics and meteorlogy

Environmental Policy and Law

Short term lecturing, research and advise

44

Professor

Yacob Astatke

Morgan State Univeristy

Electrical and computer engineering

Electrical and computer engineering

Already engaged, working on graduate programs at AAU

45

Dr

Yared Nigussie

Visiting Professor at Columbia University

Mathematics

Industrial engineering, operational research

 

46

Dr

Yeneneh Yalew Yimer

University of Washington

Physics, Polymer Science

   

47

Dr

Yonas Birhan Dibike

Canada's Ministry of Environment; University of Victoria

Water Resources, Hydrology, Hydro-Climatology

Water Resources, Hydrologic Modeling and Climate change impact studies

Short stay for guest lecturing, adjunct faculty, joint research, graduate research supervision

48

Dr

Yonatan Abranios

Hunter College

Physics

Solid Waste Engineering

teaching, research, mentoring students and organizing conferences

             

49

Mr.

Abate Madebo

New York

 

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