Each year, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) sponsors summer research appointments for faculty of HBCUs and other MEIs. The objective is to increase the number of collaborations and to foster long-term relationships between ORNL research staff and HBCU/MEI faculty members.
What America’s historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving education institutions may lack in material resources for scientific research, they more than make up for in talent, ingenuity and expertise.
ORAU recognizes these capabilities and places a high priority on building relationships between these schools and some of the larger laboratories and research universities in America.
Among the full complement of ORAU member institutions are 28 universities that comprise the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Education Institutions (HBCU/MEI) Council.
Members of the HBCU/MEI Council are all engaged in leading-edge science and technology and are recognized as competitive and strategic business partners.
The ORAU HBCU/MEI Council is led by a Steering Committee representing three of the Council member institutions:
Dr. Curtis Charles, our current Chair of ORAU’s HBCU/MEI Council representing Fayetteville State University, has been named the fifth President of Tiffin University in Ohio effective July 1, 2015. Dr. Charles has served ORAU and the HBCU/MEI Council well and has worked tirelessly to promote the education and research capabilities of the Council. He has been a relentless innovator and thought leader resulting in new opportunities for our Council members. We wish Dr. Charles continued success as he assumes a new and exciting leadership role at Tiffin University.
Below is a list of the schools that are members of ORAU’s HBCU/MEI Council, including the faculty member that serves as each university’s ORAU councilor. You may also view a map to see the geographic locations of each of these institutions.
Michael A. Stubblefield, Ph.D.
Southern University and A&M College
HBCU/MEI Steering Committee Council Interim-Chair
“As Interim Chair of ORAU’s HBCU/MEI Council, I believe that a strategic effort of the Council should be on creating an active linkage between Council members and private industry focused on joint contracting opportunities that support advanced research and education. Through this collaborative framework, the Council can establish new partnership models with federal contractors to increase the capabilities and competitiveness of the Council’s member institutions. This approach provides a unified vision and a strategic direction for the Council that broadens participation for our students and faculty interested in engaging in research that addresses national priorities.”
Andres G. Gil, Ph.D.
Florida International University
HBCU/MEI Council Steering Committee Co-Chair
“As co-chair of the Steering Committee, my goals for the HBCU/MEI Council are to foster greater strategic communication and collaboration across all MEIs in order to increase opportunities for faculty and students in key areas such as STEM research and education, high performance computing, and technology transfer and commercialization.”