" (These) colleges still today light a spark that the other colleges don't quite light."

- Dr. Samuel P. Massie

The Samuel B. Massie Chairs of Excellence Program is a team of world-class scholars, researchers and educators who advance research, enhance academics, promote partnerships, and effect outreach in the environmental sciences.

In September 1994, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (EM) committed $14.7 million in grants over a five-year period to establish the Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chairs of Excellence Program.  This national program, which now comprises nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and one Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS), is named after Dr. Samuel P. Massie, an African-American chemist of national reputation who was a leader in championing the cause of minority education in the United States.

The Massie Chairs of Excellence Program is designed to assist its member institutions in producing top-level graduates in environmental disciplines and to produce groundbreaking environmental research. Specifically, the Program has established a team of environmental specialists led by world-class scholars, researchers and educators.

The Massie Chairs are high-profile individuals who:

  • conduct cutting-edge scientific research and technical investigations

  • promote interaction, collaboration and partnerships between the private sector, federal agencies, major research institutions and other HBCUs

  • lecture on new frontiers in science and technology

  • serve as chief scientists/engineers providing expert advice to the public and private sectors

  • mentor young investigators and act as role models for engineering students.

The Chairs, selected from a number of highly qualified individuals, have national and international reputations in science and technology. Their professional experience includes work in the public and private sectors, as well as in academia. Our current chairs are:


University                                     Chair

Alabama A&M University                       Dr. V. Trent Montgomery

Fisk University                                       Dr. Arnold Burger

Florida A&M University                          Dr. Ben Wang

Hampton University                               Dr. Adeyinka A. Adeyiga  

Howard University                                 Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr.

Jackson State University                       Dr. Mark G. Hardy

Morgan State University                        Dr. Donald Helm

Norfolk State University                        Dr. Sandra DeLoatch

North Carolina A&T State University     Dr. Shoou-Yuh Chang

Prairie View A&M University              Dr. Ing Chang

Southern University                            Dr. Patrick Carriere

South Carolina State University             

Spelman College                                       

Tennessee State University              Dr. Lonnie Sharpe, Jr.

Tuskegee University                           Dr. Nosa Egiebor

Universidad Del Turabo                      Dr. Roberto Loran


Who Can You Contact?

If you would like more information on the Chairs of Excellence Program, please fill in the On-line Interest Form.

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