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Alabama A&M Research Institute

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HBCUMI Success Story - Alabama A&M Research Institute and AMRDEC

The US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), an entity of the US Army Materiel Command, has joined forces with the Alabama A&M Research Institute (AAMURI) to carry out a portion of the Army’s mission, and the mission of Alabama A&M University (AAMU). U.S. Representative Parker Griffith; Dr. William C. McCorkle, AMRDEC Director; Dr. Beverly Edmond, AAMU Interim President; and other government/AAMU officials kicked off the new center on June 8, 2009. According to Dr. Kaveh Heidary, AAMU principal investigator for the project, “the $700,000 center will advance the state of knowledge in areas of sensor and data fusion, contextual detection and classification, future sensor systems and architectures for missile defense, and other homeland security applications.”

The CEISS is just one example of the outstanding achievements of the University. Alabama A&M University, a Historically Black College and University, was founded in 1875, and has served to educate a diverse population of students. Dr. Beverly C. Edmond hails as the Interim President and is pictured above. The University offers an excellent curriculum and degree program ranging from Bachelor of Science through Doctor of Philosophy. This has attracted the Department of the Army, other DoD/Federal agencies, and private industry to seek them out for collaboration on research and other projects. Development of the AAMURI in 1999 came about as a result of the University’s continuous evolution, forward thinking, and strategically positioning itself for greatness.