HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — AAMU President Daniel K. Wims hosted a meeting to announce the strategic partnership, calling it an “HBCU Research Roadmap” that provides mentor/protégé milestones that will lead to a boosting of A&M’s research infrastructure and increasing contracting opportunities.
In addition to Dr. Andrew Scott, interim director of AAMU RISE, the meeting was attended by representatives of partnering entities, including Dr. James Kirsch, director of the DEVCOM AvMC Software, Simulation, Systems Engineering and Integration (S3I) Directorate; Josh Smothers, GTRI University Affiliated Research Center; Darrell Quarles, PEO IEW&S; Dr. Emily Monago, GTRI director of diversity; Dr. Thomas Martin, GTRI chief scientist; and John Rosenthall and Dr. Lonnie Sharpe, Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation.
“The mission and success of the AAMU-RISE Foundation has a profound impact on our campus, the Tennessee Valley community and our nation,” said Dr. Wims.
“We are excited to support this partnership that will enhance DoD’s research base and build capabilities within HBCUs and minority-serving institutions (MSIs),” said PMO-ASE Tech Lead Darrell Quarles.
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GTRI advances Defense operations through its leading edge research, development and engineering capabilities. AAMU-RISE is a non-profit organization that serves as a contracting hub between AAMU and its governmental and industrial partners. The Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation based in Mississippi forms and manages partnerships and collaboration between higher education institutions, government contractors and small and minority businesses.