ORAU HBCU/MEI Council
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.
|Alabama A&M University||Lloyd T. Walker|
|Clark Atlanta University||Olugbemiga A. Olatidoye|
|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||Brian Madison Jones|
|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||Lesia Crumpton-Young|
|Tuskegee University||Shaik Jeelani|
|University of Maryland, Eastern Shore||Ali B. Ishaque|
|University of Miami||Derin Ural|
|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||JoVita Wells|
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 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 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.”
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