Five faculty members from the University of Wyoming's College of Engineering and Applied Science became citizens of the United States of America in a ceremony last month.

The University has announced that the five joined the ranks of U.S. citizens in a press release on Monday.  The new citizens include Lamia Goual of Algeria, and her husband Mohammad Piri of Iran, both in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering; Tiberiu Popa of Romania, in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering; Margareta Stefanovic of Serbia, in the Department of Electrical Engineering; and Sugata Tan of Indonesia, in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

“It was a long dream for me to live and work in the United States, to explore the many professional and personal opportunities offered here,” says Stefanovic, an associate professor who came to UW in 2005 after obtaining a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at UCLA. “Becoming a citizen has thus been an important part of that journey.”

The ceremony was held in the city of Cheyenne, on July 8th.  Similar ceremonies inducting new citizens into the United States were being held all across the country.