ISGS Staff Member Named Fulbright Scholar

Chris Stohr, right, records some observations at the Thornton Quarry.Engineering Geologist Christopher Stohr was selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialist opportunity in Egypt. Stohr will work with Ayman Maurice of Beni Suef University south of Cairo in October 2010. Together they will study use of land in East Beni Suef for industrial development and waste management.

The Fulbright Specialist Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars for the U.S. Department of State to promote linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at universities abroad. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2- to 6-week projects at higher education institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. Subhash Bhagwat and Yevgeniy Kontar are previous ISGS Fulbright Scholars.

Among Stohr's current activities is the use of close-range photogrammetry for outcrop mapping. The method uses "off the shelf" cameras and is based upon pioneering research work of the renowned Egyptian photogrammetrist, Houssam Karara, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.