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Aleksandar Stevanovic Receives Fulbright Specialist Award to Serbia at the University of Kragujevac
Aleksandar Stevanovic (Photo: Ric Evans)

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 10, 2021) ... The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Aleksandar Stevanovic of the University of Pittsburgh received a Fulbright Specialist Program award. Dr. Stevanovic will complete a project at the University of Kragujevac in Serbia that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities within Civil Engineering and Urban Planning.

Dr. Stevanovic, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering, is one of more than 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year. Recipients of Fulbright Specialist awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field, and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

"This Fulbright project will help us to assess what can be done to help cities and countries with low level of penetration of Intelligent Transportation Systems to reduce fossil fuel consumption, carbon footprint, and harmful emissions caused by traffic in congested urban networks," Dr. Stevanovic said. "While many solutions can be found in multimodal policies and operations, with this project we intend to optimize traffic signal control with outdated technology through a comprehensive and careful analysis of urban traffic flows, to achieve benefits without significant infrastructural investments."

Dr. Stevanovic is also principal investigator of the Swanson School's Pittsburgh Intelligent Transportation Systems (PITTS) Lab, which investigates transportation problems and develops solutions to preserve a city’s livability.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global issues in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 60 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 88 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 39 who have served as a head of state or government.

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For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail ECA-Press@state.gov.

Author: ECA Press Office, 6/4/2021

Contact: Paul Kovach