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San Antonio – The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that engineering student, Yura Galvez, has been selected to attend the 2015 Baku Summer Energy School (BSES) in Azerbaijan.  The 9th Annual Baku Summer Energy School set for July 4-17 is a two-week program for a senior or rising senior engineering student with nearly all expenses paid by the Azerbaijan government. Baku is the seaside capital city of Azerbaijan. Galvez will join the group traveling from Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) School of Engineering and the TAMIU Office of Global Initiatives.

Galvez, a U.S. Air Force retiree, enjoys math and science and is honored to have been chosen for this opportunity. “I look forward to networking with like-minded students and professionals in the field of energy, as well as other business professionals attending the conference. I am eager to learn about the petroleum industry, how Azerbaijan manages their energy needs, and the ways energy affects businesses and politics,” said Galvez.

BSES is an annual two-week certificate program of the Caspian Center for Energy and

Environment (CCEE) of ADA University held in partnership with the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). The program brings together world-renowned scholars, academicians and policy makers to examine and gain a better understanding of global energy and environment issues and their practical application.

“We are delighted that Mr. Galvez will participate in the Baku summer program. Yura will gain a global perspective of issues surrounding energy and the environment, which will make him a better engineer. He will return with energy knowledge applicable to the United States, and particularly in Texas,” said Dr. Carlos Garcia, dean UIW School of Math, Science & Engineering.

In October 2014, a delegation led by Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the United States Mr. Elin Suleymanov and U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, visited UIW’s campus. The Ambassador and Congressman addressed a standing room-only crowd of 150 people for a wide ranging, interactive discussion that included U.S.-Azerbaijan relations, energy security, and the current political climate of Europe and Central Asia.

Azerbaijan is a transcontinental presidential republic in the Caucasus region at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. The country is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Georgia to the northwest, Russia to the north, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. Azerbaijan first became independent in 1918 and holds the distinction as the first Muslim-majority country to have operas, theaters and modern universities. The country was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1920 but declared independence in 1991, before the dissolution of the USSR.

Azerbaijan has become a leading ally to the United States.  It is one of the fastest growing economies in its region making significant contributions to the energy security of Europe, Turkey and Israel, Azerbaijan has become a major player in global energy supply.

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CONTACT:    Margaret Garcia, associate director communications and marketing, (210) 829-6001, mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu