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Saul Sosnowski; Photo courtesy Maryland International

By Maryland International

Coinciding with UMD’s celebration of International Education Week, the Institute for International Programs held its 21st annual International Awards Ceremony. This year, the University recognized Reinhard Radermacher, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Saúl Sosnowski, Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture, for their international contributions to the University. In her opening remarks, Provost Mary Ann Rankin expressed the importance of recognizing those who are committed to internationalization and have “fostered the university’s emergence as a globally-networked institution.”

Radermacher received this year’s Distinguished International Service Award for his contributions to the development of international programs at UMD. For two decades, Radermacher has spearheaded an international student exchange program, which has brought more than 600 foreign engineering interns to Maryland. “The students may come as strangers but they leave as friends,” said Radermacher. He also developed jointly with colleagues an international version of a mechanical engineering course that was taught in Korea, Hong Kong, and China and is set to become a regularly scheduled class where Maryland students team with peers in other countries to study and design energy conversion systems.

Sosnowski was given the Landmark Award for his long-term achievement in support of international life at UMD. For 11 years, Sosnowski led the University’s international efforts as the Associate Provost for International Affairs, and he has more than a decade of work centered on issues of civil education, democracy, conflict management and cultural politics with a focus on Latin America. “Crossing borders and being international is in my DNA,” said Sosnowski during his acceptance speech, and many in attendance at the ceremony would certainly agree that both awardees represent UMD’s commitment to internationalization. 

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