JANUARY 14,2004

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OSU-Tulsa professor named Fulbright Scholar

Marcin Paprzycki, assistant professor of computer science at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Last September, Paprzycki began his yearlong visiting professorship at his alma mater, Adam Mickiewicz University in his native Poland.

Dr. Paprzycki is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who traveled abroad to some 140 countries for the 2003-2004 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected based on academic or professional achievement and demonstration of extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

"Talented faculty like Dr. Paprzycki are indicative of OSU’s commitment to quality education in Tulsa,” said OSU-Tulsa President Gary Trennepohl. “Our ability to attract internationally recognized professors enhances the student learning experience.”

As a Fulbright Scholar, Paprzycki will lecture and involve faculty from several universities in Poland in joint research projects on large scale parallel and Internet-based distributed computing.

Paprzycki received his M.S. in Mathematics from Adam Mickiewicz University, concentrating on numerical methods and programming. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in computational mathematics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. After beginning his college faculty career in 1990, he joined Oklahoma State University in 2001. At OSU, he has instructed both graduate and undergraduate students in computing and mathematics courses.

"It is a great honor to be selected a Fulbright Scholar,” Paprzycki said. “Being in Poland for a year will allow me to establish links with Polish researchers, which hopefully will lead to long-term collaboration. In addition, this will be a great opportunity to see directly the changes that have happened in Poland since I left the country in 1987.”

Paprzycki’s research areas include numerical linear algebra, parallel computing, agent-based distributed computing and artificial intelligence. In 1991, he was awarded the Golden Windmill Award for Outstanding Young Researcher. He has organized and co-organized more than 100 international conferences, symposia and workshops. Furthermore, he is the editor of three international computer science journals, member of the editorial board for three others and serves as the managing editor of a book series.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the purpose of the Fulbright Scholar Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Considered America's flagship international educational exchange activity, the program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; it is managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Contact: Mary Bea Drummond, 1-918-594-8223