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UHD Professor Awarded Fellowship

Computer Science and Engineering Professor Yuchou Chang, Ph.D. was awarded the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Kika De La Garza Fellowship and will spend 16 days in Washington, D.C. beginning Wednesday, June 15.

During his fellowship, Chang will make a presentation introducing University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) to the USDA. "This is a great opportunity to build connections between UHD and USDA. I will focus on education, service, grant, and other aspects during 16 days of the workshop," said Chang.

He added, "After the fellowship workshop, I will share the grant and funding opportunities as well as education program opportunities are shared with my UHD colleagues. Information of career opportunities including internships, scholarships, full-time employment will also be shared with our students. Moreover, acquired information from grant and funding opportunities lets me improve computer vision techniques for high-quality classification of crop products and agriculture automation. My research focuses on development of agricultural robots based on the research needs of USDA in the future. New methods and techniques will be proposed for agriculture engineering and machine vision applications on agriculture automation."

The USDA E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from HSIs the opportunity to work collaboratively with USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. This uniquely tailored experience brings together HSI staff and federal executives to address the spectrum of challenges faced in the development of a well prepared Hispanic workforce. Fellows spend two to four weeks in Washington, D.C. to increase their understanding of USDA and other federal agencies, particularly at the national level, and be able to identify mutual collaborative interests."

The program was established in 1998 as part of the USDA-Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Leadership Group's efforts to advance the USDA relationship with participating institutions. The program is designed to enhance fellows' professional growth while fostering workforce diversity and strengthening the nation's capacity to provide high-quality education and increased opportunities for Hispanic-Americans.