James Vary, IITAP, (515) 294-3555
Jim Schlueter, Boeing Company, (314) 234-2149
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917
BOEING SPONSORS IITAP VISITING PHYSICISTS PROGRAM
AMES, Iowa -- The Boeing Company, Seattle, will sponsor Polish researchers who will study under the auspices of the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (IITAP) at Iowa State University.
Under IITAP's Eastern European Technology Access Program, scholars from leading Polish research institutes will be selected on a competitive basis to visit the United States for up to three months. During their visit, they will be the guests of a research group at Iowa State University or other leading universities, as well as guests of scientists and technical specialists at Boeing.
Boeing will sponsor two scholars annually for three years. IITAP will administer the program.
IITAP's mission is to foster excellence in scientific research and teaching, with an emphasis on advanced studies and original research in physics and overlapping disciplines. IITAP was founded in 1993 as a joint project of Iowa State University and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It seeks to foster world peace through the sharing of scientific ideas and advances.
"IITAP established its Eastern European Technology Access Program to provide a stimulus for Eastern European scientists and technologists to meet their U.S. colleagues and develop mutually beneficial long-term cooperative projects," said James Vary, IITAP's director.
"We are pleased to be working with Boeing to bring top Polish scientists and engineers to the U.S.," Vary said. "These visits will promote the development of international collaborative research projects, they will lead to scientific and technical advances, and promote greater understanding between our countries."
In addition to fostering long-term partnerships, the IITAP program will help Polish scientists and technologists acquire needed skills and familiarity with U.S. research and development interests, and enable U.S. scientists to become familiar with the accomplishments and capabilities of their Polish colleagues.
"IITAP forms long-term partnerships with research and teaching institutions in other countries to help strengthen their infrastructure in science and technology," said Jean Boyle, Boeing vice president of international business development at the company's McDonnell Aircraft and Missile Systems unit. "This approach is in complete accordance with our strategy of developing long-term relationships with our international customers."
During their visit, the researchers will attend and make presentations at seminars, as well as work with host groups. The visiting researchers also will visit Boeing scientists to explore cooperative projects.
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