TTU PhD SummerCamp in Bremen

The Texas Tech University (TTU) is running an interdisciplinary project with the Jimma Institute of Technology (JiT), Ethiopia, to increase the number of lecturers with doctorate degrees in Ethiopia. The team from TTU has been qualified as the only American team to be awarded a massive international grant, funded by the German government and managed by Ministry of education in collaboration with the British Council and German Development Cooperation (GIZ), to increase engineering programs in Ethiopia. The grant aims to focus on global community and concentrates on civil engineering and construction technology as core topics.
 
Starting on July 1, until September 27, 2017, 15 doctoral candidates out of this project have been guest researchers at the University of Bremen, hosted by BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH. During their stay, they passed their proposal defense under the supervision of 10 American professors and a representative of the Ethopian Jimma University. Furthermore, the doctoral candidates visited several labs, construction site and received a lot of academic input. Please, find their program here.
 
Starting on March 16, 2018 a second group of doctoral candidates out of this project were guest researchers at the University of Bremen. The group was hosted by BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH and was integrated into the doctoral training group of the IGS. During their 3-month stay, the Ethiopian lecturers visited some scientific labs as well as construction sites in the North of Germany. INROS LACKNER SE provided access to real world facilities.
 
The Ethiopian guests took part in a research seminar provided by Prof. Dave Louis, TTU. The seminar was held in Bremen and open for all doctoral candidates of the IGS and LogDynamics. Thus, an interdisciplinary and multicultural exchange has been initiated by the IGS.
 
 
 
Ethiopian participants of the research seminar "Proposal Writing, Professional Presentations and Publications" held by Prof. Dave Louis, TTU, in May 2018, together with the project Prof. Ekwaro-Osire
Prof. Ekware-Osire with the next group of Ethiopian doctoral candidates in March 2018
Arrival of the group of doctoral candidates from Ethiopian with their TTU project leader in July 2017
Lecture on structuring the PhD proposal given by Dr. Louis, Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership, TTU, in Bremen
The first week of PhD proposal defenses took part with the supervisors from TTU and an observer from JiT
In the second week of the PhD proposal defenses some further supervisors from TTU and the observer from JiT were in Bremen

 
 
Supervising Professors
 
 
 

Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, PhD, PE

Project leader

 

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas


Esayas Alemayehu, Prof., Dr.-Ing.

Representative

 
Professor of Environmental Engineering Scientific V/Director
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Jimma Institute of Technology (JiT)
Jimma University
Jimma, Ethiopia

 


Dave A. Louis, Ph.D.

 
Associate Professor of Higher Education (Profile)
Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership
Texas Tech University
College of Education
Lubbock, Texas

 


Annette Hernandez, Ph.D.

Advisor

 

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas


Job Samuel Kasule, Ph.D.

Scientific coordinator of the PhD program in Ethiopia


Mukaddes Darwish, Ph.D.

Advisor

 

Associate Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas


Priyantha Jayawickrama, Ph.D.

Advisor

 

Associate Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas


Sanjaya Senadheera, Ph.D.

Advisor

 

Associate Professor and Director, TechMRT
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas


Tewodros Ghebrab, Ph.D.

Advisor

 

Assistant Professor, Graduate Advisor for the Construction Majors
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas


Venkatesh Uddameri, Ph.D.

Advisor

 

Professor and Director, Water Resources Center
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas


Ali Nejat, Ph.D.

Advisor

 

Associate Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas


Rui Guo, Ph.D.

Advisor

 
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas