The Stormwater Management Academy has been honored to host Dr. Abdelhamid Iratni, a distinguished Fulbright Scholar from Algeria. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of more than 160 countries. The program includes sending American scholars to other nations, and inviting prominent international scholars to study in the United States for up to one year. Fulbright grants are available for a variety of disciplines and fields, including the performing and visual arts, the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Abdelhamid Iratni is an Assistant Professor and founder of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Bordj Bou Arreridj (Algeria) where he has been a faculty member since 2004. He teaches courses on electrical systems design, computer modeling and simulation, signal processing.

Dr. Iratni completed his Ph.D. at University of Setif (Algeria) with a joint research program with the university of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK), and his M. Sc. studies at University of Boumerdes (Algeria). His research interests lie in the area of nonlinear filtering, estimation and control with emphasis on bioprocess and environmental engineering. He was awarded the Erasmus Mundus fellowship to collaborate with researchers in System and Robotics Institute at University of Coimbra (Portugal) on Intelligent Control of wastewater processes.

His current work is on soft sensor development for control and monitoring of wastewater treatment and stormwater systems.