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Dean Earns Award for International Leadership

Nebraska Engineering's David Allen also was selected a winner of the 2008 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award by the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

He has been invited to a ceremony at the Commission's Summer Meeting at Portsmouth, N.H. in July. Other winners are John Head of the University of Kansas and Robert Reinstein of Temple University.


Dean David Allen

Allen, who has served as dean since 2002, personally recruited the first class of engineering students to study abroad in the early 1990s while at Texas A&M University. At UNL, he has continued to engage the interest of a diverse and large segment of the student engineering population. During the past 12 years, he has directed more than 725 students in 25 study abroad programs in 19 countries. These programs were all directed toward the emerging area of engineering study abroad.

"Dean Allen has put UNL's College of Engineering on the map through offering study abroad opportunities across the world to all engineering students and successfully integrating these experiences within the tightly structured engineering curriculum," said Barbara Couture, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. "Our engineering graduates are prepared to work in international companies and to help Nebraska and the nation compete in a global economy."

Allen has successfully competed for several international grants that help support his international educational efforts, including three from the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and one from the National Science Foundation. He has established successful research collaborations with engineering and applied science faculty in Sweden, Switzerland, France, Brazil, Canada and China. Allen has lived in foreign countries including Italy, France and Australia; during these visits, he taught a variety of engineering mechanics and history of engineering technology courses. His research expertise is in structural and solid mechanics, and he uses this background to interpret and explain the cultural and engineering significance of historical structures throughout the world.

The Malone Award, established in 2000, honors those who further international education in public higher education. The awards, dedicated to the memory of Michael P. Malone (1940-1999), were established to provide national recognition for a career of outstanding contributions that furthers international education at state and landgrant institutions.

"This year's Malone Award recipients have worked tirelessly to promote international education and development," said Peter McPherson, president of NASULGC. "Their focus on international problems speaks well of America's highly-regarded university system and the willingness of our scholars to promote higher education across the globe."