Grambling State University
AFRL ML-RCP Partner Institution Strengths & Capabilities

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Naidu V. Seetala

Title: Head\Professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics Institution: Grambling State University



1. Please select the research areas in which your institution currently engages:

a. Structural materials – Dr. Naidu Seetala, and Dr. Haeyeon Yang,

b. Support for operations

c. Radio frequency sensing

d. Spectrum warfare

e. High speed systems

f. Rocket propulsion

g. Aerospace vehicles

h. Bio effects

i. Functional materials & applications Dr. Naidu Seetala, and Dr. Haeyeon Yang,

j. Manufacturing technology Dr. Naidu Seetala, and Dr. Haeyeon Yang,

k. Electro-optical sensing Dr. Haeyeon Yang,

l. Layered sending exploitation & enabling sensor devices/components Dr. Haeyeon Yang,

m. Control, power, & thermal management systems

n. Turbine engines

o. Human centered intelligence surveillance & reconnaissance

p. Training & decision making

2. Please note, in detail, any research areas of strength not listed above. This may include fundamental sciences (e.g. math, physics, biology, etc.).

  • Dr. Naidu Seetala,, (318) 274-2574: 1) Radiation effects, vacancy defect kinetics using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy; 2) Ultra High Temperature Ceramics synthesis using Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS); 3) Magnetic materials and sensors

  • Dr. Haeyeon Yang,, (318) 274-3863: Laser-material interaction

3. Are there any emerging areas of research your institution is actively seeking to develop?

  • Dr. Naidu Seetala,, (318) 274-2574: Nanoparticle synthesis with uniform size distribution and core-shell structures.

  • Dr. Haeyeon Yang,, (318) 274-3863: Monitoring the motion of quantum dots and nanoparticles in solution for their behavior in biological systems such as human body.

  • Dr. Bassidy Dembele, a) Mathematical Biology and b) Data Mining & Data Science

4. Does your institution have any internal research centers or participate in any research consortia? If so, please describe briefly and if possible include the URL. Please provide a faculty contact for each center.

  • Center of Excellence for Mathematical Achievement in Science and Technology – Dr. Connie Walton,

  • Participated in NSF-EPSCoR Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM) and in the DOE-EFRC Center for Atomic-level Catalyst Design – Dr. Naidu Seetala

5. Please provide a list of relevant facilities and equipment.

  • Nanoparticle synthesis, magnetic studies using VSM, environmental SEM with EDX, XRD, FTIR, micro-hardness tester, Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy for defects in metals and nanopores in polymers. Nanosecond laser, CW laser, Lock-in amplifier SR850, and Spectrometer.

6. Does your institution have a relationship with any other academic institution or research organization(s) that enables your access to their facilities and equipment?

  • Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge for TEM, FIB, and Laser heat treatment for 3D printing, usage fees may be charged.

7. Has your institution collaborated with Department of Defense in the past? Yes.

8. Is your institution involved in any federal STEM funding efforts? Yes.

9. This program requires documentation (i.e. theses, dissertation, presentations, etc.) to go through the AFRL public affairs review process. Would this present a challenge for your institution? None.

Research Administration and Compliance

10. Does your institution have an office of sponsored programs? Yes.

11. Does your institution have an approval process for seeking extramural funding? Yes.

12. Does your institution accept federal award dollars and manage standard fiscal reporting, and compliance requirements? Yes.

13. Does your institution provide guidance to PIs for budget development? Yes.

14. Does your institution offer proposal development services? Yes.

15. Does your institution offer research development services, e.g., assistance with finding research funding, proposal management, team formation/development, etc? Yes.

16. Does you institution offer research compliance training and education, i.e., roles and responsibilities of principal investigators? Yes.

17. Does your institution have a designated Export Control Officer? N/A

18. Is your institution registered with the US State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls? N/A

19. Does your institution currently perform Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI/ NIST 800-171 compliant) research? N/A

20. Does your institution currently perform research subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations? No.

21. Does your institution have a DoD Facility Security Clearance (FCL)? N/A If Yes:

a. What is the FCL’s classification level? [None (default), Confidential, Secret, Top Secret, Other] No response provided.

b. What is the FCL’s authorized safeguarding level? [None (default), Secret, Top Secret, Other] No response provided.

c. How many safeguarding-approved spaces do you manage? No response provided.

d. What is your facility’s CAGE Code(s)? 4LZN9

ML-RCP Program Expectations

The objective of the AFRL ML-RCP is to enable and enhance the research capabilities of the HBCU’s/MSIs through collaborative research efforts with AFRL. What would be necessary for you to receive to meet this objective? Please be as specific as possible.

  • GSU faculty and students will have access to the research facilities at AFRL

  • Research interaction with and research training by AFRL scientists will help GSU faculty to enhance research capabilities at GSU.

  • Funding support to GSU faculty and students to involve in the proposed research projects is necessary for the success of the project and help to secure future sustainable research at GSU