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NEWS | Feb. 8, 2021

AFT3 Salutes HBCU Partner Central State University


The Air Force Technology Transfer and Transition Office salutes Central State University for its partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) in Rome, New York.

Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is one of the oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country. With educational origins dating back to 1856, CSU achieved its university status in 1965 and forged a commitment to prepare students for leadership, research, and service.

CSU signed a 5-year Education Partnership Agreement with AFRL/RI in November 2018. This EPA has enabled collaborative research ventures in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, high performance and adaptive computing, information exploitation, information fusion, communication and networking, collaborative environments, nuclear physics, signal processing, and real-time information processing.

AFRL/RI recognized the importance of the research and development activities of educational institutions to the economic well-being of the nation, thus created a partnership with academic institutions across the United States. This partnership, called the Information Institute®, combines AFRL/RI’s resources with the educational drive of the university members to promote research and development opportunities in many diverse technical areas.

Through AFRL/RI’s Information Institute®, CSU students are engaged in technology transfer projects that strengthen the overall competitiveness of the United States and improve economic development through the application of technologies to commercial industrial problems. The students benefit from having access to resources and equipment, while the Air Force gains the insight and experiences of future engineers and scientists who represent the next generation of technology transfer professionals.

The Air Force Technology Transfer and Transition Office recognizes and salutes the achievements made by Central State University and other partner HBCUs, not only during Black History Month, but throughout the entire year.

To learn more about Central State University, including history, enrollment, and degree plans, please visit

To learn more about the Information Institute® or other programs offered by AFRL/RI, please visit, or send an information request e-mail to

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