Anouck Renee Girard

Anouck Renee Girard

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Ph.D., Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2002
M.S., Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, 1998
Dipl. Ingenieur, Ales School of Mines, France, 1997

Anouck Girard is a vehicle dynamics and control engineer, whose interests lie in controlling advanced and increasingly autonomous vehicles operating in the space, air, ground and marine domains. These vehicles and vehicle systems exhibit complex nonlinear dynamics, and must function in uncertain environments with limited resources, while satisfying stringent constraints and counteracting the effects of disturbances. Mostly, she addresses problems of optimal decision-making, energy and information-aware trajectory optimization, and control of unusual vehicle configurations. She has co-authored the book Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Dr. Girard has taught aircraft and spacecraft dynamics and control courses at Michigan, and has co-authored more than 200 papers on vehicle dynamics and control.

As a Fulbright scholar in 2022, Girard will carry out research on game theoretic models for vehicle routing and control, with applications to self-driving cars. Girard’s hosts in Greece will be the Technical University of Crete (TUC), and she will be teaching seminars in Chania, Crete on her research. She will leverage the unique large-scale traffic modeling expertise available at TUC to advance the modeling and control of interactive human-autonomous traffic, and make the roadways safer for all.

Brendan Mullan

Brendan Mullan

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Associate Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,
PA, 1986

M.A. in Demography, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1983
B.A. in Economic History (Hons.), Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1979

Brendan Mullan teaches in the College of Social Science and the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University, where he is also core faculty member and executive board member of the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. The author-editor of 3 books and 100+ scholarly and policy publications, presentations, and reports on demography, development, migration, globalization, and inequality, and elected President of the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA), Mullan gave his presidential address on inequality and the rise of neo-inequality at the combined meetings of NCSA and the Midwest Sociological Society in Chicago in 2016. He was elected founding secretary/treasurer of the Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association and served on the editorial board of Sociological Focus. In 2017 he received The Aida Tomeh Award for Distinguished Service from the North Central Sociological Association. He has published in Demography, The American Journal of Sociology, International Migration Review, and International Migration. Mullan served as Executive Director of the MSU Dubai Campus in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2010), as Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at MSU (2006-2008), and as Acting Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in the College of Social Science.

Mullan’s research focuses on the demographic dynamics of globalization, the causes, content, and consequences of international migration, and the interplay between globalization and migration with a particular focus on inequality. As a Fulbright scholar at the University of the Aegean in 2022 and as a demographer with practical and academic experience, he will carry out research on the relationships between population change, migration, and inequality in Greece. He will work with faculty and students in the Department of Geography to access and analyze data from the Hellenic Statistics Authority, the European Social Surveys for Greece, the statistical office of the European Union, and other data sources to build socioeconomic and socio-demographic profiles of neo-inequality, population change, and migration in Greece. Mullan will deliver lectures and seminars on the demography of borders and trans-border zones, political geography and geopolitics, and develop and deliver a presentation on the demography of Covid-19 in Greece.

Christopher Bakken

Christopher Bakken

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
Frederick F. Seely Professor of English

Ph.D., University of Houston, Literature and Creative Writing, 1999
M.F.A., Columbia University, Writing Seminars: Poetry, 1992
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, English Literature and Creative Writing, 1990

Dr. Christopher Bakken is the author of five books of poetry, nonfiction, and translations. He holds the Frederick F. Seely Chair of English at Allegheny College and he is the poetry editor of ERGON: Greek/American Arts & Letters. His work has been widely published in the U.S. and has also been translated into Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Greek. During his Fulbright in Greece, Dr. Bakken will teach two courses at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He will offer a course in creative writing and a literature course on U.S. Women Poets from 1950 to the Present. He will also work on several literary projects, shaping a new collection of poems and beginning work on a memoir of his early years in Greece, where he first lived and taught in the 1990s. Bakken also plans to continue translating work by the Greek poet Titos Patrikios.

Emily May Van Duyne

Emily May Van Duyne

Stockton University, Galloway, NJ
Associate Professor of Writing 

MFA, Creative Writing, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2009
BFA, Writing, Literature & Publishing, Emerson College, Boston, MA, 2002

Emily Van Duyne teaches writing at Stockton University, where she is also affiliated faculty in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her current research focuses on the American poet Sylvia Plath, and the ways her biographical and literary legacy has been constructed in the wake of her 1963 suicide through editorial censorship and literary and cultural tropes, such as the unreliable narrator. Her monograph Loving Sylvia Plath (forthcoming with W.W. Norton & Co.) uses intersectional feminist theory ranging from epistemic philosophy to postcolonial criticism to better understand how the world has come to know a mythologized "Sylvia Plath." Her other work on Plath looks at the role of domestic violence and sexual assault in Plath's biography and work, and can be read in the Harvard Review, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. 

As a 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholar, Van Duyne will teach a course on Sylvia Plath at Aristotle University, in Thessaloniki, that will focus on Plath's drafting and editorial process, and will make use of archival materials from Smith College's Mortimer Rare Book Room and Emory University's Rose Library. She will also begin research about the influence of the Greek philosopher Plato on Plath's famed Ariel poems, for a new monograph, which will be the first on this particular element of Plath's work. This research combines Greek literature and the history of the Fulbright program, as Sylvia Plath first read Plato while studying at Cambridge University on a Fulbright Scholarship from 1955-1957. It was during this time that she met and married the poet Ted Hughes, who would go onto become Britain's poet laureate; their marriage and creative partnership would change 20th century poetry. Plath's annotations in her editions of Plato from her Fulbright act as footnotes to her early love affair with Hughes, while her Ariel poems, written while her marriage to Hughes collapsed, are heavily influenced by Plato's Republic and Crito, and can be read as a meditation on the end of romantic love, and on suicide. Additionally, Van Duyne will help to organize a "Sylvia Plath & Fulbright" symposium, which will take place at Aristotle University in May 2022. She hopes that these projects will expand international understanding of Plath's wide literary and philosophical influences, and continue to change our limited understanding of her from a psychological case study into the landmark writer she was. 

Nikiforos Stamatiadis

Nikiforos Stamatiadis

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Professor of Civil Engineering

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI, 1990

M.S., Civil Engineering, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI, 1986

B.A./B.S., Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1983

Nikiforos Stamatiadis is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He has been involved both in teaching and research in the field of transportation engineering since 1984. Several of his courses involve design elements and roadway design focusing on rural highways and urban streets while addressing the needs of all facility users (drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists) and developing contextually appropriate designs.  His research expertise includes roadway design and safety, traffic modeling, accommodation of non-motorized users, and human factors. He has been successful in securing research funds from the National Academy of Sciences as well from local, national and international agencies.  He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship (2017) where he conducted research and teaching at the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, participated in the Greek Diaspora (GD) Program (2017) in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and he will return to NTUA for another GD Fellowship in Fall 2020. He has also worked with Engineers Without Borders and led student and professional teams in addressing sanitation, water distribution, and roadway issues in developing countries in Africa, Central and south America.

Nikiforos will be hosted by the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Thessaly (Spring 2021), where he plans to: (a) collaborate with colleagues on studying the impacts of new technologies on improving bicycle and pedestrian safety; (b) develop and deliver a course on designing facilities for bicyclists utilizing a service-learning approach ; and (c) deliver a variety of lectures, seminars, and workshops for engineering students and professionals. Nikiforos views the Fulbright award as his opportunity to offer his knowledge, skills, and expertise to the academic community and be able to give back to the Greek university system from which he benefitted greatly as a student.

Sandra Cutts

Sandra Cutts

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Ph.D., Civil (Environmental) Engineering, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2020
M.S./B.S., Regional & Urban Studies, Environmental Planning/Mathematics, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL, 2012


Sandra received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) graduate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In her role as a researcher, she has performed activities in support of the missions of the Department of CCEE. Additionally, Sandra is a strategic research consultant for J. Stewart Educational Services and assist with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Environmental Division’s (ED) research activities for the ED programming section on Legislation and Regulations. For her research and academics, she was awarded a UAB Blazer Best Fellowship, a Graduate School Dean Scholarship, a Travel Scholarship, and a Graduate Academic Fellowship. Sandra has always been concerned with the environment and has research efforts in the characterization of environmental stressors, e.g., brownfields. She has analyzed redeveloped sites in order to determine factors likely to encourage citizen engagement, stakeholders’ investment, and redevelopment of brownfields. As a result of her research interests, Sandra secured a 2019-2020 National Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship where she continued her environmental work in Washington, DC. She received her Master’s degree in Environmental Planning, from the Urban and Regional Studies program at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and was also part of Oak Ridge’s Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) program. Her research work included: policy effectiveness, sustainable development, citizens’ participation, hazardous waste, nuclear power plants, and nuclear energy. Her research contributed to the growing need to investigate and justify emerging technologies, citizen engagement, and alternative, clean, and efficient energy sources. In 2014, Sandra was invited and presented her research at the Emerging Researcher National (ERN) Conference in Washington, DC. Additionally, her research on community perceptions of nuclear power plants was awarded second place during a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) conference held at Alabama A&M University which resulted in her being the first STEM award recipient for the Department of Community and Regional Planning.

As a researcher and intern, she has had the opportunity to facilitate, present, review, research, and assist with land use, environmental policies, public engagement, and emerging technologies that supported the process of efficient urban development. Sandra has been interested in man’s carbon footprint on earth and was a former intern with agencies such as the U.S. Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration (GSA), Orange County Planning Division, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency where she was part of a team that investigated integrative approaches to sustainability, i.e., development of a conceptual model for optimal implementation of a light rail system which was in support of the Sustainable Healthy Communities (SHC) program. Sandra is a member of such organizations as Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Black Graduate Student Association, American Planning Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Sandra has a MBA from the University of Chicago and both a M.S. in Environmental Planning and B.S. in Mathematics from AAMU.

Sandra has always been an advocate of social and environmental justice and as a 2019-2020 National Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, Sandra worked on environmental policy issues in the U.S. Senate and will continue environmental research in Greece as a Fulbright Scholar, hosted by Dr. Georgia Pozoukidou in the Department of Spatial Planning and Development at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her research and teachings will investigate and present results of public perceptions and awareness of environmental systems and their implementation, and will develop strategies to increase meaningful citizen engagement in decision-making in the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area of Greece.

Shirley McLoughlin

Shirley McLoughlin

Keene State College, Keene, NH
Emerita Professor of Education

Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2006
M. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Keene State College, Keene, NH, 1989
B.S., Nursing, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA, 1975                            


Dr. Shirley Wade McLoughlin, Ph.D. in an Emerita Professor of Education at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. Initially starting her career is a nurse, she switched the focus of her work to education. She worked for several years teaching kindergarten and early elementary students before entering higher education after receiving her Ph.D. from Miami University of Ohio in Educational Leadership. In her higher education career, she served as Chair of the Education Department, and President of the Keene State College Education Association. She taught a wide range courses in education, ranging from introductory level courses to graduate courses on curriculum theory and design. She was an affiliate faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies department as well, teaching a multidisciplinary course incorporating components of feminism, educational theory, and critical theory. Dr. McLoughlin’s research focuses upon the examining diversity, social inequities, power, and the role education can play in providing more just societies. Her initial worked examined these concepts specifically related to race in the United States. However, this focus quickly broadened to international concerns in these areas and has more recently been writing about the role of education in societies with regards to integrating and working with immigrants and refugees.

Her project in Greece will include working with (under)graduate preservice teachers who have worked with refugee students and immigrants. She will help them exploring pedagogical theories and approaches used in the United States that facilitate a more inclusive type of education, that gives voice to all students, and welcomes diverse perspectives. There will be much intercultural sharing and comparative components of educational systems both in the United States and in Greece. In addition, she will utilize her recent TESOL certificate and collaboratively work kindergarten teachers in activities that enhance foundations of English in Early Childhood settings.

Thomas John Papadimos

Thomas John Papadimos

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Department of Anesthesiology
Professor, Critical Care Section
Director, Anesthesiology Clinical Research Fellowship

M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1984
M.D., Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH, 1978
B.S., Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH, 1975

Thomas J. Papadimos is a Professor of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University. He has over 400 publications and received several departmental teaching awards and university-wide teaching awards. He has served in the positions of Critical Care Fellowship Director, Division Director of Critical Care Medicine, Vice Chairman, and Associate Dean. He also has extensive experience in simulation-based medical education, serving as medical director of one of the largest simulation centers in the United States. His academic interests are in critical care medicine, simulation-based education, and infectious disease epidemiology, and he holds visiting professorships at Wenzhou Medical University, China, and the National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece. Dr. Papadimos and his colleagues at the 2nd Department of Anesthesiology at Attikon University Hospital have collaborated on projects in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, regional anesthesia, and pain medicine.

In May 2021 he received an honorary doctorate degree (Doctor Honoris causa) from the Department of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. While in Greece he hopes to make a significant academic teaching contribution to the School of Medicine and the 2nd Department of Anesthesiology through his courses in palliative medicine and mechanical circulatory support so as to provide Greek medical learners with insightful perspectives in order to provide their patients with the best possible medical care. Over the long term he anticipates establishing a close academic relationship between the University of Athens (and other Greek medical institutions) and The Ohio State University. In doing so, Dr. Papadimos wishes to provide Greek medical practitioners and the Ohio State medical faculty with exchange opportunities so that each nation will have the occasion to better understand one another’s professional environments.

In his spare time Dr. Papadimos enjoys writing, running, and reading; his favorite author is Nikos Kazantzakis. However, he states that above all, Greece is the land of his forefathers, and he feels a close kinship with Greece and its people. The welfare of Greece and the preservation of Hellenism are of a great consequence to him.


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