Ward receives Fulbright Award

Dr. Ronnie Ward, senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected a Fulbright Senior Scholar to do research on international software development teams during the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Dr. Ward will study issues arising from international teaming on computer science class projects that include team members from the School of Electrical Engineering & Informatics at Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

"Today's software development teams involve engineers from multiple time zones, nations, cultures, traditions, worldviews, and practices. As it stands now, computer science and engineering students have significant exposure to teaming in a localized setting, but we have an opportunity to prepare them to interact with engineers on the other side of the globe as well," said Ward, a native of Corsicana, Texas.

Photo of Dr. Ronnie Ward"My research will link the School of Electrical Engineering & Informatics at Institut Teknologi Bandung and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering here at Texas A&M University to help students understand software development issues that occur when teaming with other engineers who are geographically distributed and come from different cultures. The research will strengthen the educational experience received by students from both universities."

Ward, a recipient of the 1998 Dwight Look College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award and the 2005 Department of Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Former Student award, is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-2012. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Prior to joining the Texas A&M Department of Computer Science and Engineering faculty, Ward was a vice president of product development at Compaq Computer Corp. in Houston. He holds Bachelor of Science and master's degrees in mathematics from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M. More information about his teaching and research is available on his faculty webpage.

For more information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,  visit http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, 202-632-3241 or e-mailfulbright@state.gov. For interviews, contact Ronnie Ward, senior lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, e-mail ward@cse.tamu.edu.