Fulbright Scholar joins Wayne State's graduate program in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Fulbright graduate student Mohamed Kilani with Dr. Guangzhao Mao chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Tunisian Fulbright Scholar Mohamed Kilani has chosen Wayne State University to work on his second master’s degree.

He received his bachelor’s in 2011, specializing in mechatronics, then continued on to earn his master’s in mechanics and systems engineering, both from the National Engineering School of Sousse in Tunisia. “I love technology. I’ve loved to manufacture my things by myself since I was a boy,” Kilani said. “In fact, not not only do I love engineering, but I love science in general.”

Kilani will be working on his masters in materials science and engineering at Wayne State. He will also be doing research on nanomaterials. 

Kilani is one of 4,000 students worldwide to receive the Foreign Fulbright grant. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. It is part of the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. To be considered for the grant, he had to submit copies of his diploma, transcripts, pass an English competency test and a round of interviews.

"The department is excited to welcome Mohamed to study in our multidisciplinary materials science graduate program,” said Guangzhao Mao, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. “As a Fulbrighter myself, I am confident that Mohamed will have the same enriching experience as I did years ago." 

Kilani chose Wayne State because, as he explains, “WSU is known for its high rate of productive research, especially in engineering.” He also made his decision based on the publications produced by Wayne State faculty members.

So far, Kilani’s favorite aspect about Wayne State’s campus is the diversity. “It’s like a little world here; I find many different nationalities — from China, from Saudi Arabia — many different people.” 

Kilani hopes to encourage more Tunisian students to attend Wayne State University in the future. 

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