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Robert L Ford , PhD

FMA Advisory Board Texas Southern University


Dr. Robert L Ford is CEO of DRF Industries LLC, Vice President of Global Business Roundtable Houston, and a Citizens Schools Teacher, having developed an America: A Smart Energy Society Apprenticeship at Patrick Henry Middle School. Dr. Ford is a board member of Bridging the Digital Divide, Inc., and STEM Advisory Board for the National Basketball Retired Players Association – Houston Chapter and a recent AdvancED K-12 External Reviewer. Bob is retired Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for STEM Education and Outreach (C-SEO) at Texas Southern University, was a member of the Houston-Luanda Sister City Association and a member of the Thompson Elementary School Site Based Decision-Making Committee, as well as TSU Faculty Senator and President of the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy. He was TSU GLOBE Partnership Coordinator, represented the College of Science and Technology on the University Research Council, and chaired the College of Science and Technology Fundraising, Events, and Public Relations Committee. He has served as Associate Provost for Research at TSU, Vice President for Advancement and Research at Fort Valley State University, Vice Chancellor for Research at Southern University in Baton Rouge and Interim Chair of the TSU Chemistry Department. He was Research Scientist at Xerox Corporation (Rochester, NY and Palo Alto, CA) and served as Assistant Secretary for Community Services for the Louisiana Department of Urban and Community Affairs.

Ford has international business and energy technology experience in South Africa, The Republic of the Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Taiwan, Germany, China, Brazil, Belize, and The Netherlands; and he has visited China, Singapore, and Malaysia to study STEM student and professional development. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University at Lafayette, IN, where he was recently recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by both institutions.