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NEWS | Feb. 24, 2021

AFT3 Salutes HBCU Partner Tennessee State University


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

Tennessee State University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Tennessee, but the only one to be state funded. With a mission to transforms lives and prepare leaders who contribute to economic and community development, TSU is achieving prominence through innovation, research, creativity, and service.

TSU signed a 5-year Education Partnership Agreement with AFRL/RI in February 2019. This EPA has enabled collaborative research ventures in the areas of modeling and simulation, signal processing, visualization, cyber security, control systems, sensor fusion, mechatronics, communication and networking, embedded hardware and software system architectures, data sciences, and cloud computing.

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

To learn more about Tennessee 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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