AAMU-RISE/Georgia Tech Research Institute partnership will help prepare the Army

Major research units at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and Georgia Tech have formed a partnership to help maintain Army readiness and modernization.

The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have entered into a formal partnership to provide joint services to the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center (DEVCOM AvMC); the U.S. Army Program Executive Office – Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S); and the Project Management Office – Aircraft Survivability Equipment (PMO-ASE).

The partnership was facilitated by the Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation and supports the Biden administration’s efforts to build research and development capacity at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), such as public Alabama A&M and private. Tougaloo.

AAMU President Daniel K. Wims hosted a meeting to announce the strategic partnership, calling it an “HBCU Research Roadmap” that provides mentor/protege milestones that will lead to stronger A&M research infrastructure and increased contract opportunities.

In addition to Dr. Andrew Scott, Acting Director of AAMU RISE, the meeting included representatives from partner entities, including Dr. James Kirsch, Director of DEVCOM AvMC Software, Simulation, Systems Engineering and Integration (S3I); Josh Smothers, GTRI University Affiliate Research Center; Darrell Quarles, PEO IEW&S; Dr. Emily Monago, Director of Diversity at GTRI; 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 which will enhance the DoD’s research base and build capacity within HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs),” said Darrell Quarles, PMO-ASE Technical Lead.

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GTRI advances Defense operations through its advanced research, development and engineering capabilities. AAMU-RISE is a non-profit organization that serves as a contractual hub between AAMU and its government and industry partners. The Mississippi-based Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation forms and manages partnerships and collaboration among institutions of higher education, government contractors, and small and minority businesses.

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