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By Morgan State U

Johns Hopkins, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory and Aberdeen Proving Ground Among Partners on First-of-Its-Kind, HBCU-led Center

BALTIMORE – Morgan State University announced today that researchers from its School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) were awarded a five-year, $7.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to found the Center for Advanced Electro-Photonics with 2D Materials. Designed to explore the technological efficacy and use of emergent two-dimensional (2D) materials, the new Center will be run jointly by Morgan and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in partnership with the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), with additional contributions from scientists at the Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC) and Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) research centers of the U.S. Army.

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The advanced research center, focused exclusively on electro-photonics, is believed to be the first of its kind at any Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Fundamental to the Center’s research operations will be its mission to train underrepresented diverse students by expanding talent pipelines within the technology workforce and defense sector. Ramesh C. Budhani, Ph.D., professor of Physics at Morgan, will serve as the principal investigator and director of the Center for Advanced Electro-Photonics.

“Morgan is firmly committed to cementing our place as a leading research institution with results-driven outcomes that impact our greater communities, foster innovation addressing today’s foremost social challenges and bring to market emerging technologies with considerable effect,” said David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “It is through this level of investment that institutions—like Morgan—can significantly stride toward an equitable pursuit of advanced research that is most associated with our nation’s top-tier research universities.”

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The Center and its research are expected to have far-reaching implications that will not only impact industry but also make significant contributions to STEM education and participation of underrepresented minority students in advanced scientific research. The exposure of students to specific technologies, and their accumulated experience attained at the newly created center, will increase proficiencies and marketability within private and public sector industries. The cornerstone of the applied experience made available through the Center’s research will be summer internships for both Morgan and JHU students, co-advising of Ph.D. dissertations, and joint annual workshops. Additional funding from the grant will underwrite internships for 10 to 15 undergraduate students and five students from area high schools and community colleges.

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