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Shawn Spencer, Ph.D. College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences For Spencer, the word “CREATE” is more than a transitive verb. It is also the acronym for the innovative research project he and his team are working on in the College of Pharmacy – the Center for Research Education and Training Excellence. In the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, Spencer served as the principal investigator for projects totaling more than $1 million. As a component of a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences, CREATE focuses on improving the quality, depth and breadth of research training for underrepresented groups. A former professor and researcher at the National Cancer Institute, Spencer specializes in implementing, measuring and monitoring quality procedures, as well as improving curricular, assessment and strategic planning activities within academic programs.

Tarik Dickens, Ph.D. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering What will 21st-century manufacturing look like? Dickens’ work in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering offers a glimpse. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Dickens (center), principal investigator, and his team members received more than $950,000 from the National Science Foundation for its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) award to develop research in advanced manufacturing utilizing biomimetic robotics. Their research involves high-performance additive manufacturing of composite structures via reconfigurable cyberphysical robotic systems. Dickens has three U.S. patent applications (awarded and pending) in the areas of advanced multifunctional composites, sensory-scaled composite manufacturing and ubiquitous real-time structural health monitoring. A professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the College of Engineering and High-Performance Materials Institute, Dickens also runs the Industrial Composite Engineering lab, involving sensing techniques and the nondestructive testing of advanced materials.

Okenwa Okoli, Ph.D. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Okoli is helping to place deep-space exploration within reach for FAMU, with the aid of his colleagues, as the principal investigator of a master agreement that enables students and faculty to work on NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program and other Lockheed Martin space exploration projects. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Okoli and his team garnered the first $1 million of a five-year installment from Lockheed Martin Corp. to help support the effort. Okoli serves as the U.S. Department of Energy Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and is chair of the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department and the associate director of the High-Performance Materials Institute. Okoli’s research impact ranges from the enhancement of safety in critical structures to the development of 3-D photovoltaic devices for energy harvesting and transport.

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