Hello folks,

I hope you are doing fine! Spring time finally reached the queen city… Winter was long this year! 🙂

I was in Cleveland last week-end. I was invited by Prof. Regan Silvestri from the Lorain County Community College in the framework of the Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF). Basically, The OLF provides funding for campuses to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars, already in the United States, for short-term speaking engagements. It was a fantastic experience!

Lorain County Community College (LCCC) is a large community college with more than 14’000 students. Founded in 1963, it offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, short-term certificates and workforce training.

A big THANK to Regan who was such a great host! We could visit the beautiful campus and the MEMS department. I learnt that LCCC emphasis practical education in close link with local industry needs. Somehow similar to ZHAW! In the afternoon, I had the opportunity to give a lecture about my research in the field of thermal imaging. Prof. Silvestri is also very involved in research: he developed a new method to accelerate the aging of whiskey! I am sure he would get lots of excitement from students in Winterthur too! 😉 We need to invite him for a talk (and a testing of his research outcomes)!

On Saturday, we still had time with the family to visit Cleveland which is the largest city in Ohio located on the shore of lake Erie. It is a very scenic place. The lake is so big with sand beaches so that you have the impression you are sitting in front of the ocean. We quickly walked through the city and enjoyed the Case Western Reserve University area with lots of parks and museums.

In the evening, it was unfortunately already time to drive back to Cincy! It is a 4 hours drive. For US standards just around the corner! 😉

See you next time!

Mathias*

*) Mathias Bonmarin is a senior lecturer at the ZHAW School of Engineering. Recently, he was honoured to get a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and therefore he’s at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for one year as a visiting Professor.