The Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to train undergraduate students in areas critical to the U.S. Air Force. The College of Engineering is a collaboration between Florida State University and historically Black Florida A&M University. Both educational institutions are based in Tallahassee.
“This is a great partnership from our standpoint because it provides unique research opportunities for our students and faculty,” said Murray Gibson, dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. “We are delighted that AFRL recognizes the value of our unique shared college as a source of highly trained and diverse engineers.”
The Eglin laboratory will fund a $400,000 grant to create the Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars program at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. The program will bring participating students into the lab environment where they can work directly with faculty researchers on Air Force-related research. The five-year program will provide funding for four scholars at the College of Engineering. Researchers from the college will create a tailored curriculum for these scholars that will focus on the use of the college’s polysonic wind tunnel and other facilities that support the AFRL’s research agenda.
“FAMU-FSU Engineering has a history of high-caliber faculty and students and we are looking forward to the research results from future AFRL Scholars,” said Col. Garry Haase, director of the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate.