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ORAU Sponsors Opportunities to Increase Minority Research Participation Through HBCU/MEI Council

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.

HBCU/MEI Member Profile: University of New Mexico

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As one of the 28 member institutions in the ORAU HBCU/MEI Council, the University of New Mexico (UNM) is committed to promoting diversity and excellence. UNM is culturally unique among flagstaff institutions in the U.S., enrolling Hispanic and white students at roughly the same rate, with an American Indian enrollment of about 10 percent. UNM is also considered a very high activity research institution by the Carnegie-Mellon foundation. This research takes many forms including, but not limited, to climate and atmospheric research, autonomous robotics, geologic imaging, fuel cells, remote modeling, and brain concussions in student athletes.

In addition to these fields, UNM hosts a robust nuclear engineering department. UNM also actively pursues research in the field of medicine including retinal disease, multiple sclerosis, prostate cancer, and drug delivery. Researchers at UNM’s medical center hope that their research may pave the way for scientific discovery and improved human health

HBCU/MEI Council Steering Committee

The ORAU HBCU/MEI Council is led by a Steering Committee representing three of the Council member institutions:

  • Dr. Michael A. Stubblefield, Southern University and A&M College (interim-chair)
  • Dr. Andres Gil, Florida International University (co-chair)

HBCU/MEI Council Member Institutions

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.

Alabama A&M UniversityLloyd T. Walker
Clark Atlanta UniversityOlugbemiga A. Olatidoye
Fayetteville State UniversityDaryush Ila
Florida International UniversityAndres G. Gil
Howard UniversityAnthony K. Wutoh
Jackson State UniversityLoretta A. Moore
Johnson C. Smith UniversityHang Chen
Kentucky State UniversityBeverly Downing
Meharry Medical CollegeMaria Fatima Lima
Morehouse CollegeMichael Hodge
New Mexico State UniversityLuis Vazquez
Norfolk State UniversityStacey Franklin Jones
North Carolina A&T State University Barry L. Burks
South Carolina State UniversityElbert R. Malone
Southern University and A&M CollegeMichael A. Stubblefield
Tennessee State UniversityLesia Crumpton-Young
Tuskegee UniversityShaik Jeelani
University of Maryland, Eastern ShoreAli B. Ishaque
University of MiamiDerin Ural
University of New MexicoGabriel Lopez
University of Texas at ArlingtonDuane Dimos
University of Texas at San AntonioBernard Arulanandam
University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyAndreas Holzenburg
University of the District of ColumbiaJoVita Wells

Michael Stubblefield

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 Gil

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.”