2018 CIAA Tournament

Charlotte, North Carolina

The Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) program made an appearance at this year’s CIAA basketball tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Linda Hayden, Director of the CERSER program at Elizabeth City State University, presented information on the academic and summer research programs at the University. Various events and presentations allowed Dr. Hayden to interact with students from other universities.

Dr. Hayden also presented at the NASA HBCU/MI Engagement Forum at Johnson C. Smith, on February 27, 2018. Dr. Roger Hathaway, NASA Langley Office of Education (retired), provided notes from the meeting which appear below.

Dr. Roger Hathaway ECSU Notes from NASA's HBCU/MI Engagement Forum at Johnson C. Smith

The forum encourager and informed HBCU's of the importance of exploring and investing in a business model that provides them with the capabilities to meet the needs of business, industry, and government (BIG). As a result of congressional changes and the emphasis on competition, for the past ten years NASA and other federal agencies are required to reduce non-competitive awards. This changed has reduced grants for many universities and impacted how business opportunities are awarded. This change also provides an opportunity for HBCU's to enter competitive contracting which opens the door to a larger source of funding opportunities with federal agencies and their contractors.CIAA 2018

Attendance at the forum included representatives from Department of the Navy, Orbital ATK, U.S. Small Business Administration, General Services Administration, and numerous representatives from NASA Headquarters and it’s Center's across the country. In addition, minority serving institutional representatives registered to attend the forum.

Each of the below contacts is a potential partner for business opportunities. I hope there will be a follow-up meeting to discuss the need for business model at ECSU that provides contracts opportunities. The development of an exploration team to explore and recommend a strategy to move forward is highly recommended.


Dr. Linda Hayden


Dr. Hayden/Dr. Karrie Dixon


Dr. Hathaway, Dr. Hayden

Renji Kumar, PhD

Analytical Mechanics Association
21 Enterprise Pkwy, Suite 300
Hampton, VA 23666
757.865.0000 ext. 206
renji@ama-inc.com :: www.ama-inc.com
Renji Kumar was recently awarded $300M contract with NASA Langley and is interested in follow-up conversations to explore future opportunities for collaboration.

Samuel J. Washington, PhD

Southern University
PO Box 9764, Baton Rouge, LA, 70813 samuel_washington@subr.edu
Samuel J. Washington is interested in collaboration opportunities.

Dale Wesson, PhD

Professor and Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Virginia State University
PO Box 9001, Virginia State University 804.524.6850 dwesson@vsu.edu
Dale Wesson is interested in potential partnership and collaboration opportunities.

Stacy Swan

National Account Manager, U.S. FAS Office Customer & Stakeholder Engagement, General Services Administration
1800 F Street ND
Washington, DC 20405
Stacy Swan is interested in HBCUs pursuing contracts and providing information on upcoming strategies to engage with GSA contract opportunities.

Edsel M. Brown Jr.

Assistant Director, Office of Technology
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, AS, Washington, DC 20413
Edsel M. Brown Jr. will provide guidance and assistance to HBCUs in establishing as a small business.

Cyntrica Eaton, PhD

Contract Support, ETC
Department of Navy, HBCUs Program
875 N. Randolph Street, Arlington, VA, 22203

Clayton Turner, Deputy Director

NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA
Clayton Turner requested that Dan Cherry follow-up with scheduling a meeting to engage the NASA Science Directorate and the program office responsible for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle's (UAV).


Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing
Education and Research

1704 Weeksville Road, Box 672
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909 
Phone (252) 335-3696 Fax (252) 335-3790