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Broderick Tells Indian Students of ODU's International Outlook

Thirty graduate students from India are visiting Hampton Roads in partnership with the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum.

They are here June 11-20 to collaborate with young Lockheed Martin engineers on various projects. And on Wednesday, June 15, they visited Old Dominion University to learn more about the school's innovative technology initiatives.

The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum was established in March 2000 as a not-for-profit society that promotes bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research through interaction between government, industry and academia.

John Dannon, director of the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation in Suffolk, said the forum's goals include idea exchange and collaboration among scientists and engineers.

"Hampton Roads is the only place in the United States this group of students will visit. Lockheed Martin's close connection to and collaborations with Old Dominion's research expertise made it a natural fit for a visit," said Dannon, who is an ODU graduate himself.

The students, along with a cohort of young Lockheed Martin engineers, started the tour in ODU's Board of Visitors Room in Webb Center. At the kickoff of the tour, ODU President John R. Broderick informed the visitors about the connections that already exist between ODU and India, including the region's largest Indian festival, which draws thousands of visitors every April to the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

"What a great program you are a part of, and hopefully, what a great opportunity it's presented to you," Broderick said to the group.

Broderick spoke about the diversity of ODU's campus, relating a story about an online class he taught during which he received consecutive questions from students from Vietnam, Venice, Italy and Vermont.

"We feel very good about the kind of campus this is," Broderick said. "You travel all over the world and you hear about innovation and technology and the global economy. To us, that global economy isn't about competing, it's about partnering. That's why a visit like today's is so important."

On their tour of the campus, the Indian visitors heard a lecture by Richard Heller, director of the Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics at Innovation Research Park @ ODU. They received a demonstration of Old Dominion University's Maglev transportation technology by Thomas Alberts, professor of aerospace engineering. And the visitors witnessed a demonstration in ODU's CAVE Virtual Environment from Hector Garcia, visualization laboratory manager for the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center in the E.V. Williams Engineering and Computational Sciences Building.

This article was posted on: June 17, 2011

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