USAID/HED TIES GRANT
The University of Georgia is one of five successful recipients of a USAID Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships (TIES) Program grant, administered by Higher Education for Development (HED) and awarded in June 2007. The grant is for two years and provides $249,410 from HED, with a total project budget of $483,626 including university cost share. This partnership between UGA and three universities in northeast Mexico will receive funding for exchange of faculty, training of Mexican undergraduate and graduate students at UGA (including assistantship and travel), and conducting of educational workshops. Please follow the links below for additional details.
Dr. KC Das and Dr. Nagamani Balagurusamy met with program directors and USAID/HED representatives at the recent Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships Conference, "A Call to Action" in Veracruz, Mexico. The conference brought program directors together to discuss successes and opportunities, and examine future target areas. They also celebrated five newly awarded TIES partnerships with the focus areas of biodiversity conservation and renewable energy for 2010. The conference included opening remarks by the USAID/Mexico Mission Director, Rodger Garner, round table sessions, presentations and site visits.
April 2008 Five faculty from biochemical engineering and agricultural engineering at the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila in Torreon and the Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonia Narro in Saltillo, Mexico will visit UGA between April 15 and 25, 2008. This visit is part of an educational partnership between these universities through the TIESTraining, Internships, Education and Scholarship program. The program is funded through Higher Education for Development (HED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Presently two interns from Coahuila are spending five months at UGA training in various aspects of biochemical engineering. The faculty visit will include a symposium on April 17 , meetings with faculty counterparts at UGA, a workshop on sustainable biofuels in Tennessee, and tours of various UGA research facilities. Learn more >>
A United States Agency for International Development grant awarded to the University of Georgia will create an educational partnership to share expertise in generating fuels from waste materials with academics and professionals in Mexico's livestock industry. The $250,000 grant was one of five Higher Education Development grants awarded under the USAID Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships Initiative (TIES) and was formally presented to UGA engineering professor K.C. Das on June 13, 2007.
Livestock production worldwide has grown rapidly in light of increased demand for meat in developing countries. The potential for rural economic development and threats of environmental degradation alike have grown alongside the need for new sources of bioenergy. New energy sources from waste streams within the industry is one way engineers have determined to fuse these three aspects into one route for competitive advantage and sustainable growth. The confluence of engineering technology with agricultural economics is a UGA strength that created the context for the new partnership. The project, "Integrated Waste Management with Energy Production for Increased Competitiveness of the Livestock Industry in Northeast Mexico," is designed to provide Mexico's current and future agricultural professionals the skills needed to analyze and support sustainable management of resources at the interface of agriculture and the environment. Along with Das, co-P.I.'s for the grant represent UGA's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The University of Georgia partnership with the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila (UAC), Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), and Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro (UAAAN) will sponsor a demand-driven, integrated and interdisciplinary program of training and technical support to the livestock industry in the Laguna region of Mexico. The program will provide scholarships for 18 students from Mexico and sponsor faculty exchanges of 12 Mexican faculty visiting the U.S and 10 UGA faculty visiting Mexico over a two year period. "The growth of the livestock industry across our border has many implications for the U.S.," said Dale Threadgill, Director of the UGA Faculty of Engineering. "We look forward to sharing and expanding our bioenergy expertise through this program, and seeing this industry positively affect the economy and the environment." The program will target technology and business policy relating to integrated waste management that is cost-effective and will provide additional income through co-product generation from waste treatment. One aspect of the grant will integrate new innovations in animal waste treatment with the production of biofuels and bioenergy. In addition, the program will develop and analyze public policy, with a goal of regulatory regimes that improve productivity and competitiveness in the livestock sector. "With this HED grant, students will come here to gain insights and training in engineering technology connected to managing and converting waste to energy in the livestock sector," said K.C. Das, UGA Engineering professor, who will direct the program at UGA. "I am excited about itgrant funds will support education of graduate and undergraduate students at UGA, and training of research and outreach faculty in Mexico and at our institution," he said. Joint training programs and workshops in the partnership will be organized by UGA-Mexican partner universities for students, faculty, government officials, and regulatory board officials, as well as livestock industry personnel. Participants will focus on animal wasteusing it to grow algae in the production of biodiesel, or anaerobically digesting it to produce methane, for exampleand the fuels that can be generated from waste materials.
The UGA Faculty of Engineering was established in 2001 to advance comprehensive engineering at the University of Georgia. With over 100 members from twenty-four departments in nine schools and colleges across campus, the Faculty of Engineering provides an entrepreneurial setting for engineering academic programs in the unique environment of UGA. For more information, visit www.engineering.uga.edu.
This program is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Higher Education for Development (HED) office. The contents are the responsibility of the University of Georgia and do not necessarily reflect the views of HED, USAID or the United States Government.