Gelfand Global Fellows

The Gelfand Global Fellowship is a one- or two-year experience through which Case Western Reserve graduate engineering students leverage their technical expertise and creativity to help make the world a better place through STEM education. The Fellows benefit from an enriching cultural perspective, which includes travel to Ethiopia to interact with project partners. The Fellowship includes full tuition and a stipend.

Learn more about the Fellowship from 2019-20 Gelfand Global Fellow Blaire Volbers.

Current and Previous Gelfand Global Fellows

Ivy Petsinger (2020-2021)

Ivy with school kids
Ivy, a chemical engineer, became a Gelfand Global Fellow after spending two years in the Peace Corps, where she taught high school math in a rural village in Tanzania. Ivy loves sharing her passions for math, science and engineering in hands-on, applicable ways with students around the world! 


Blaire Volbers (2019-2020)

Blair with school children
Blaire participated as a Gelfand Global Fellow during her MS studies in chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve.  Blaire previously taught English in Uruguay as a Fulbright Scholar, and taught high school chemistry in the US for five years before entering graduate school.  Blaire shares that, "I was drawn to this project due to the unique intersection of engineering and education that it offers on a global scale. It has been a truly unique graduate experience." 


Andrew Wang (2019-2020)

Andrew with school children
Andrew was a Gelfand Global Fellow during his PhD studies in chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve. Prior to his fellowship, Andrew carried out research in sustainable energy at the University of Botswana, and in environmental science at Lanzhou University (China). Andrew shared, “the Fellowship was a great complement to my traditional research-based PhD in chemical engineering. A highlight was a workshop in Ethiopia where I networked with science museum leaders from all over the world.” 


Learn More

Contact Daniel Lacks, Director, Gelfand Global STEMpower Initiative and C. Benson Branch Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at to learn more about the Gelfand Global Fellows Program at Case Western Reserve University.