Dr. Ephraim Senbetta will be transferring from his responsibility for quality management and sustainability for Mapei’s North American operations to supporting the company’s activities in Ethiopia and teaching as a Fulbright Scholar at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Dr. Senbetta will remain with Mapei Corporation through August 2011 and afterward will work directly for the company’s global headquarters initially on a part-time basis while teaching at Addis Ababa University.
Dr. Senbetta has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and do research at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University for the 2011-2012 academic year. The course he will be teaching is titled “Behavior and Properties of Concrete,” the subject of his Ph.D. work. He believes that this prestigious scholarship offers him an important opportunity to give back to the country where he was born and raised.
Mapei is involved in multi-billion-dollar hydroelectric dam projects in Ethiopia, which Dr. Senbetta will help to support.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 and is the flagship international education program in the United States. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of their academic and professional experience as well as their leadership potential. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business and other areas. Forty-three Fulbright alumni have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received the Pulitzer Prize.