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News | March 1, 2023

Basic Research Office Engages HBCUs in a Discussion on the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the BEYA Conference

By Dr. Ololade Fatunmbi

Basic Research Office Engages HBCUs in a Discussion on the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the BEYA Conference: On February 15th, Dr. Bindu Nair, the Director of Basic Research, engaged in a panel discussion at the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) event, which was attended by a distinguished audience of HBCU researchers, academics, and professionals. Dr. Nair highlighted the Department of Defense's (DoD) proactive engagement in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, showcasing how the DoD's fundamental research investments have fostered advancements in areas like advanced materials, quantum computing, biotechnology, and AI. She emphasized the significant contributions and potential for increased impact from HBCUs through new partnerships with the DoD. The discussion underscored the importance of diverse perspectives in driving innovation and outlined the DoD's collaborative efforts with HBCUs, such as the creation of the first HBCU-led University Affiliated Research Center and Centers of Excellence in critical technological domains relevant to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Additionally, Dr. Nair discussed the DoD SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program, aimed at developing a workforce equipped for the future's challenges and the program’s recent success in increasing HBCU awardees. Her presentation spotlighted the vital role of HBCU students and faculty in contributing to an inclusive, technologically advanced future that shapes the DoD's capabilities. Dr. Nair's insights affirmed the DoD's dedication to innovation and laid the foundation for ongoing and future strategic partnerships with HBCUs. For more information, contact Dr. Ololade Fatunmbi at the Basic Research Office. POC:  Dr. Ololade Fatunmbi, Basic Research Office)