Dr. Mildred D. Huff Ofosu named Steering Committee Chair for Oak Ridge Associated Univeristy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2013  Bookmark and Share
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Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a consortium of major Ph.D. granting academic institutions that cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance the scientific research and education enterprise of our nation.

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 26 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.  

"As the Steering Committee Chair, my vision for the HBCU/MEI Council is to have all minority education institutions obtain the capacity required to earn membership with and benefit from ORAU's services and programs. The HBCU/MEI institutions need to increase and enhance research careers for faculty and students in STEM fields. In addition, I believe key focus areas for the council to target should include: a) technology transfer infrastructure and commercialization, b) broadening participation in STEM research and education c) nuclear engineering d) cyber security e) bioinformatics and f) emergency preparedness" stated Dr. Ofosu.  

The ORAU HBCU/MEI Council is led by a Steering Committee representing three of the Council member institutions: Dr. Mildred D. Huff Ofosu, Morgan State University (chair), Dr. Curtis Charles, Fayetteville State University (co-chair), and Dr. Andres Gil, Florida International University (co-chair).  

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees as well as programs at the master's and doctoral levels. As Maryland's Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multi-ethnic and multi-racial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information on Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.

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