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NEWS | Feb. 12, 2021

AFT3 Salutes HBCU Partner Howard University


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

Howard University, located in Washington, D.C., is ranked by the National Science Foundation as the top producer of African- American undergraduates who later earn doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The university is committed to developing distinguished graduates who will drive change and lead the global community in discovering solutions to human problems throughout the world.

Howard signed a 5-year Education Partnership Agreement with AFRL/RI in August 2018. This EPA has enabled collaborative research ventures in the areas of cybersecurity and resilient wireless networking for connected systems, such as cyber-physical systems, internet of things, unmanned vehicular networks, smart cities, and smart transportation systems.

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®, Howard 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 Howard University and other partner HBCUs, not only during Black History Month, but throughout the entire year.

To learn more about Howard 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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