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NEWS | Feb. 26, 2021

AFT3 Salutes HBCU Partner Texas Southern University


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

Texas Southern University, located in Houston Texas, is one of nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Texas, and the second largest in the country. By transforming students into lifelong learners and creative leaders, TSU is recognized for its innovative research and desire to become a contributing partner to the nation and the world.

TSU signed a 5-year Education Partnership Agreement with AFRL/RI in September 2017. This EPA has enabled collaborative research ventures in the areas of information science, cybersecurity, and technology. TSU’s High Performance Computing Center has provided consultation and assistance for experimental software and hardware needs, and training in parallel and grid 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 Texas Southern University and other partner HBCUs, not only during Black History Month, but throughout the entire year.

To learn more about Texas Southern 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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