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Technological Leadership Institute Director Receives Outstanding Community Partnership Award | Technological Leadership Institute

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May 3, 2016
Dr. Amin and HHH Fellows

When Kristi Rudelius-Palmer and Marika Straw of the University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at the Law School and Human Rights Center asked the 11 Fellows who has had an impact on them over the last year, their natural choice was Dr. Massoud Amin, director of the Technological Leadership Institute.

Dr. Amin began meeting with the Humphrey Fellows beginning in the fall of 2015, leading sessions where they would discuss everything from human rights and security, to smart grids to leadership and innovation.

“Dr. Amin made a unique and memorable connection with our Fellows,” explained Rudelius-Palmer, Humphrey Fellowship Program director. “Through his engineering background lens, he has a creative way of taking on problems and an ability to think outside of the box when it comes to human rights. He shared from his heart and pushed the Fellows to think about things in a different way.”

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from developing nations and emerging democracies to the United States for a year of professional development, related academic study and cultural exchange. Dr. Amin was honored with the 2015-16 Outstanding Community Partnership Award during the program’s graduation ceremony in April.

“I was totally surprised, humbled and most grateful to receive this award,” Dr. Amin said. “Throughout the last nine months, it has been an honor and a privilege to mentor the amazing Humphrey Fellows who came from different nations and gave up their highly influential positions to pursue a path of enlightenment, excellence and leadership in the tradition of the great Hubert H. Humphrey. I am very proud of them, and have high expectations for them and the positive impacts I know they will make.”

The Fellows have already begun to share the knowledge Dr. Amin has passed on to them. During a recent trip to Washington D.C., they presented some of his ideas about smart grids. Ijaz Ahmad, chief of the Peshawar City Police in Pakistan, is one of the Fellows Dr. Amin worked with.

“Dr. Amin is a great friend of the Humphrey Fellowship Program,” said Ahmad. “He invited us to learn more about leadership and innovation, but even on a personal level, he was always there to guide us and steer us toward our goals, doing whatever he could to assist us.”

Marika Straw, Humphrey Fellowship Program assistant, saw this powerful connection Dr. Amin had with the group and says it’s why they wanted to honor him with the Outstanding Community Partnership Award.

“Dr. Amin wanted to learn from the Fellows just as much as they wanted to learn from him. It‘s just his personal nature and how he lives his life, and we are happy to recognize him in this way.”

Dr. Amin was one of three 2015-16 Outstanding Community Partnership Award recipients chosen by the Law School and Human Rights Center; Advocates for Human Rights and Sarah Super of Break the Silence were also recognized for the differences they are making in the local community. Three additional individuals were selected by the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows to receive the third annual award.

To learn more about Humphrey Fellowship Program visit law.umn.edu/academics/non-degree-programs/humphrey-fellowship-program.

To learn more about the Technological Leadership Institute visit tli.umn.edu.

Through his engineering background lens, Dr. Amin has a creative way of taking on problems and an ability to think outside of the box when it comes to human rights. He shared from his heart and pushed the Fellows to think about things in a different way.

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