Prairie View A&M University Signed a Mentor – Protégé Agreement

Prairie View A&M University signed a Mentor – Protégé Agreement with PAE through its partnership with NASA Johnson Space Center – Office of Small Business.

Representatives from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) were hosted at NASA Johnson Space Center to sign a Mentor – Protégé Agreement with PAE, one of the first such agreements made with a Historically Black College/University (HBCU).  The team assembled included President Ruth Simmons, Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, Cajetan M. Akujuobi, Vice President for Business Affairs, Corey Bradford, and Senior Contracts Negotiator, Donna Elmore-Cole.

The Mentor – Protégé Agreement with PAE was born out of a conversation between PVAMU Office of Research, Innovation and Sponsored Programs Elmore-Cole and NASA-Johnson Space Center Office of Small Business, Chuck Williams, who now serves in a different capacity in Washington, DC.  It will provide opportunities for students to participate in internships, serve as a platform to expound on the capabilities of our research efforts, and position PVAMU to grow its collaborator relationships with private industry partners.

Prairie View &M University has a long-established relationship with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) including the Prairie View Solar Observatory (PVSO), and the Marshall Space Flight Center, the first ground-based Solar Research Facility, established in 1999.  Since then, PVAMU has collaborated with NASA on a compendium of projects such as the Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE), NASA Microgravity University, NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute (MICI), Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program and the Thermal Science Research Center (TSRC).

Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas.  Their land-grant heritage and historical research history position it well for today’s significant challenges. Their capabilities include cyber security, food and water security, energy and the environment, radiation studies, signal/image/video and communication systems, wavelet-based applications, nanotechnology and biotechnology, health and educational disparities, evolutionary biology, computational science, leadership and business development, and the social and behavioral sciences. “Prairie View is open and ready to do business,” states Vice President Dr. Cajetan M. Akujuobi.

For more information contact The Office of Research, Innovation and Sponsored Programs at

Karen B. Cotton MA, MS