Office of Development : Why Hampton?


  • Hampton University is the first and only Historically Black College and University to have 100% mission responsibility for a NASA satellite mission. The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere mission was the first launch on April 25, 2007 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California via a Pegasus XL launch vehicle.
  • Hampton University is the home of the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Educational Access in Science and Engineering (INCREASE), an organization that promotes research and education in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Founded in 2007, the consortium is increasing the utilization of DOE national user facilities – starting with the National Synchrotron Light Source at BNL and now including SLAC, ORNL, ANL and LBNL – and facilitating education and research training, especially for members of groups underrepresented in science and engineering research at national facilities, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and women.
  • Two Hampton University administrators were appointed to college presidencies in 2014, bringing the number to 17 HU administrators under President Dr. William R. Harvey’s leadership to be appointed an executive leader.
  • In his 37th year as president Dr. William R. Harvey was awarded the 100 Black Men of America Chairman’s Award and the Thurgood Marshall Educational Leadership Award.
  • Hampton University has over 20 years of experience in energy related research in its chemical engineering program, largely funded by DOE. This includes catalysis, biomass to biofuel, coal to gas, fuel reforming, hydrogen storage, and environmental monitoring.
  • Hampton University is proposing the HU Energy Innovation Initiative, to develop, demonstrate, and commercialize alternative energy technologies (including thermal and electrical grids and energy storage), and to educate and train the workforce to implement and advance them.
  • Hampton University built a premier regional medical facility – the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI). At 98,000 sq. ft. with a total of five treatment rooms, HUPTI is the only proton therapy cancer treatment center in Virginia. HUPTI is a state-of-the-art research and training facility with an additional beam line dedicated to proton therapy research. With plans to treat over 2,000 patients per year with breast, lung, prostate, pediatric and other cancers, HUPTI is the largest free-standing proton therapy institute in the world.
  • Earlier this year, Hampton University launched a Hispanic/Latino Initiative designed to meet the higher education needs of the fast growing Hispanic community, here in Hampton Roads, and all across the country. The program's immediate goals will be to increase access to programs at HU for the Hispanic markets, offer Hispanic scholarships, and provide a progressive and innovative approach to educating Hispanic communities.
  • In April of 2015, Hampton University Professor William B. Moore and a team of HU researchers were selected by NASA to lead the Living, Breathing Planet Project. This research will help determine the past and present habitability of Mars and even Venus and will form the basis for identifying habitable and eventually living planets around other stars. This project is funded through a $3.8 million grant from NASA’s Astrobiology program.
  • The Hampton University First in the World Partnership (HU-FITWP) project goal is to increase the access to and affordability of a university education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines (STEM) for underrepresented, and or low-income students through internships, employment opportunities, and enriching lecture series. In September of 2014 this project was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The Hampton University School of Liberal Arts will establish a Center for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to increase student success through exposure to and engagement with the humanities, arts and social sciences. This project was recently supported through a grant received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the amount of $517,000.