Seattle radio features Fulbright "Lab to Market" seminar

Last week, the Seattle radio KIRO FM reported about more than 70 Fulbright students from 48 developing countries who came to Seattle last week for a "From Lab to Market" enrichment seminar. During their stay in the U.S. the students, who all pursue studies in the fields of science and technology, met with energy and environmental experts to discuss environmental innovation.

Concerning the importance of such seminars, Jamie Dragon, program officer with the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) said:

"Our hope is that energy and environmental research will translate into economic and social progress wherever these students go; in their home countries or wherever they end up. Many of these people they could be government leaders in their country. They could be people of influence in helping solve some of the world's big problems."

And Fulbright student Abdul Rahim from Afghanistan shared his view about the importance of the program:

"My expectation was to get to learn what the best of the best in the world do. If we don't go back and contribute, we can't expect anybody else to do it and then we lose the right to complain about our society is not developing. If we don't do it no one else will."