The International Science Partnership 

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The International Science Partnership (ISP) brings together American scientists and engineers with counterparts in countries of security concern to the U.S. to build robust personal and institutional relationships and solve critical social and environmental issues.  

With funding from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the ISP pilot is bringing together Yemeni and U.S. scientists around water and energy security issues of mutual interest and concern.



The specific goals of the ISP are to:

  • Connect U.S. scientists and engineers with their counterparts in countries with which the U.S. has a limited formal relationship, especially those considered to be of security concern to the U.S.
  • Build long-term relationships and research projects based around interdisciplinary groups of young and early-career researchers
  • Address and solve critical social and environmental issues, including water safety and quality, energy security, resource management, and land use and conservation
  • Engage diverse groups of stakeholders, policymakers, and academics 
  • Promote a systems approach to tackling major scientific challenges

U.S.-Yemen Pilot Project

In June 2012, FAS brought together a team of young scientists and engineers from the U.S. and Yemen for a week-long workshop dedicated to designing projects that will help address water- and energy-related challenges in Yemen. The workshop, hosted by the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security on the grounds of the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, Jordan, consisted of several days of collaborative work, a day of systems modelling training and exercises, and a day of site visits to water monitoring stations and other water supply projects underway in Jordan. Senior technical experts are advising the U.S. and Yemeni participants throughout the project to help ensure it's success and sustainability.

FAS is currently developing concept papers for future projects based on the ideas developed by ISP participants during the workshop. To learn more about the ISP project with Yemen and future plans, please contact Mark Jansson at [email protected]

 

Participants: 
  • Dr. Abdul-Malik Ebrahim Momin, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Sana'a University
  • Dr. Hamoud Al-Nahari, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Power Engineering, Sana’a University
  • Dr. Zamzam Abdo Yehia Mubarak, Associate Professor, Hydraulic and Hydrology Engineering, Sana’a University
  • Mr. Todd Levin, PhD Candidate, Industrial Engineering, Georgia Tech University
  • Ms. Hannah Lee, PhD Candidate, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Harvard University
  • Ms. Laleh Rastegarzadeh,  PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis
Senior experts: 
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists
  • Dr. Hassan Abdul-Moghni, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Sana’a University
  • Dr. Mohammed Al-Shaghdari, Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering, Sana’a University
Project coordinator: 
  • Mr. Mark Jansson, Special Projects Director, Federation of American Scientists

Want to learn more about the ISP and global S&T engagement?

  • Check out the FAS article in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's quarterly publication, Science & Diplomacy. 
  • Read the ISP White Paper
  • Look at the Yemen pilot presentation to the Interagency meeting on global S&T engagement
  • Locate resources on global S&T engagement/science diplomacy
  • Learn about Yemen's S&T needs and challenges on the FAS in a Nutshell blog


About ISP

The International Science Partnership

The International Science Partnership (ISP) brings together American scientists and engineers with counterparts in countries of security concern to the U.S. to build robust personal and institutional relationships and solve critical social and environmental issues.  


Top photograph by Franco Pecchio