Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Leading the Way in Innovative, Sustainable, & Resilient Research: Tuskegee University and The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnologies [7.7.19]


  • Guest 1: Darold L Hamlin, President and Executive Director, Emerging Technology Consortium
  • Guest 2: Donald H. White, M.S., PhD Candidate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Student Researcher, Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), Tuskegee University
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Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks, while creating The Emerald Mall to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings..

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Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: Darold L Hamlin, President and Executive Director, Emerging Technology Consortium, (In Studio)*, (In-Studio and “Skype Back-up) “Special Guest”*, Theme: “Overview of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Roles in Green Technologies”
  • Segment ‘2’: Donald H. White, M.S., PhD Candidate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Student Researcher, Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), Tuskegee University, (By Skype)*; Theme: “Overview of Research, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama”
  • Segment ‘3’: Donald H. White, M.S., PhD Candidate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Student Researcher, Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), Tuskegee University, (By Skype)*; Theme: “The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnologies, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama”
  • Segment ‘4’: Donald H. White, M.S., PhD Candidate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Student Researcher, Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), Tuskegee University, (By Skype)*; Theme: “Biodegradable Plastics Research, The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnologies, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama”

Program Overview:

The Emerging Technology Consortium (ETC) is a nonprofit – 501(c)(4 ) dedicated to using technology and innovation to create opportunities in all communities. This effort results next generation businesses with good paying jobs. The ETC provides consulting services to governments and organizations which are leveraging critical assets to create 21st Century businesses and jobs. ETC is led by Darold L. Hamlin, President and Executive Director.

“Darold” has served as a Chief Information Officer (CIO) at all levels of government with over 25 years of experience at all levels of government: Federal; State; Municipal; and Quasi-governmental. He has an unique understanding of the issues that confront governments as these attempt to create new opportunities in the 21st Century Global Economy. The ETC is a unique organization based in Washington, DC working with all governments, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and community organizations determined revitalize their communities.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are a group of schools started for black students and provided a structured higher education system for black students prior to the Civil War, when education of freed slaves began in Union Army encampments. Later, Northern religious societies sent white and black missionaries to the South to start schools.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest HBCU still in operation, was founded in 1852. Around this time, HBCUs became the primary means of providing postsecondary (and, often, primary and secondary) education to black Americans. The Second Morrill Act in 1890 required states with racially segregated public higher education systems to provide a land-grant institution for black students whenever a land-grant institution was established exclusively for white students. Eventually, sixteen [16] black institutions were designated as land-grant colleges.

By 1953, more than 32,000 students were enrolled in well-known private black institutions such as Fisk, Howard, and Morehouse, as well as in smaller black colleges. Over 43,000 students were enrolled in public black colleges. Brown v. Board of Education changed the face of education in 1954. Many public HBCUs closed or merged with traditionally white institutions, but most black college students continued to attend HBCUs years after the decision was rendered.

Over 120,000 students had graduated from UNCF-member institutions by 1972. There are currently 101 HBCUs in the nation. Across the board, HBCUs outperform non-HBCU institutions in retaining and graduating first-generation, low-income African American students. HBCUs represent only three percent of all four-year nonprofit colleges and universities, yet they enroll 10 percent of all African American students nationwide.

Tuskegee University is a private Historically Black college located in Tuskegee, ALabama. It was founded by Booker T. Washington July 4, 1881. It was designated as the only HBCU to be a National Historic Site by the National Park Services. Tuskegee offers 64-degree programs which consist of: 43 bachelors programs, 17 master’s degrees, 4 Doctoral programs and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. It is ranked amongst the nations top ten HBCUs (6). Tuskegee is a member of the 1890 community which, put simply, is a government funded agreement which is meant to strengthen the research, extensions and teaching in the food and agricultural sciences. Currently all types of research are being conducted stemming from: cancer, green chemistry, advanced materials, drug therapies and soil science. Funding sources include NASA, NSF, DOD, and NIH.

Tuskegee University’s annual funding for Research and other Sponsored Programs currently ranges from US$40 to US$45 million. Credit for this enormous success goes to faculty members and staff, who continue to search for resources and write winning proposals. The staff members in the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs and various departments of Business and Fiscal Affairs are also to be commended for their enthusiastic support of the researchers in the grantsmanship process. These grants and contracts not only allow Tuskegee to fulfill the research mission of the University but also make a huge impact on its academic programs.

Tuskegee University’s four Ph.D. programs are prime examples of programs that are offered solely based on the expertise and resources developed by the faculty members. For example Dr. Shaik Jeelani who’s the Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate studies is also responsible for establishing the Doctoral Program in Material Science & Engineering. In this laboratory students and faculty work on an array of green technologies: bio-based, highly localized nutrient delivery systems for plants and soil, gram scale Nano synthesis of biodegradable nanocomposites, and carbon sequestration (Carbon Dioxide capture). The overall aim is to develop materials with little to no negative environmental impact. If materials can be constructed from existing waste or biproducts which are benign by design, then patented materials can significantly reduce the effects of negative environmental impacts like pesticide runoff, plastic accumulation in the oceans, and greenhouse gases emissions.

Donald White, PhD Candidate, has successfully completed major research resulting in a patent application that was published in February, 2019. He won and received a first [1st] place award at Emerging Researchers National Conference as a result of an oral presentation delivered covering the research conducted for his Master’s degree. His outstanding research, public presentations, and development activities have been highlighted in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE) and Bioscience & Technology.

The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology is a multi-institutional, highly collaborative, partnership aimed at a molecular-level understanding of the fundamental chemical and physical processes that govern the transformations and interaction of Nanoparticles in the environment. The center was developed to use fundamental chemistry to enable the development of nanotechnology in a sustainable manner, for societal benefit. Funding for the CSN comes from the National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry through the Centers for Chemical Innovation Program.

Within the Center, PhD Candidate White worked on cross collaborative projects between partnering institutions. He was responsible for the design, execution, interpretation, and reporting (oral and written) of the research findings. While in the Center, Mr. White attended regular meetings, conducted outreach, mentored REU students, participated in lab exchanges, and received instrumentation and safety training, along with assistance on varying types of pitches. Grants and white paper workshops were also an instrumental part of the most valuable training while he served as a Researcher in the Center.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet….Dr. Sam Hancock, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV