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ORAU sponsors opportunities to increase minority research participation through the HBCU/MEI Council

Our nation’s historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving educational institutions are often untapped resources, abounding in talent, ingenuity and expertise but often lacking in the material resources necessary for scientific research.

That’s why ORAU 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 universities that comprise the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Educational 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 Council Member Institutions

Below is a list of the ORAU HBCU/MEI Council members and the designated ORAU Councilor.

Institution Councilor
Alabama A&M University Lloyd T. Walker
Clark Atlanta University De Lisa A. Wilson
Fayetteville State University Daryush Ila
Florida International University Andres G. Gil
Howard University Anthony K. Wutoh
Jackson State University Joseph A. Whittaker
Johnson C. Smith University Terik Tidwell
Meharry Medical College Maria Fatima Lima
New Mexico State University Luis Vazquez
North Carolina A&T State University Sanjiv Sarin
South Carolina State University Elbert R. Malone
Southern University and A&M College Michael A. Stubblefield
Spelman College Sharon L. Davies
Tennessee State University Frances Williams
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Mohammad S. Alam
Tuskegee University Shaik Jeelani
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Ali B. Ishaque
University of Miami Jean-Pierre Bardet
University of New Mexico Gabriel Lopez
University of Texas at Arlington Kimberly Mayer
University of Texas at San Antonio Bernard Arulanandam
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Karen Martirosyan
University of the District of Columbia Victor McCrary

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 (chair)
  • Dr. Andres Gil, Florida International University (co-chair)
Michael Stubblefield

Michael A. Stubblefield, Ph.D.
Southern University and A&M College
HBCU/MEI Steering Committee Council Chair

“As 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.”

Students and Faculty from HBCU/MEI Council member school Southern University and A&M College visit ORAU
ORAU sponsors opportunities to increase minority research participation through HBCU/MEI Council

ORAU sponsors opportunities to increase minority research participation through HBCU/MEI Council

Students from Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, La.) visited ORAU to learn about graduate research opportunities and to tour research facilities that attract thousands of researchers to ORNL each year.

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