Sustaining Member Institutions

Arizona State University (ASU) is a top-ranked public metropolitan research university, with five academic campuses and four innovation campuses across greater Phoenix and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona. ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. For three years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked ASU as the #1 Most Innovative School in America. For more information, visit
Auburn University, chartered in 1856, is a public landgrant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution with an enrollment of 29,000 students and a three-part mission of teaching, research, and outreach. Recognized in the Carnegie Classification as a “Higher Research Activity” doctoral university, AU has a $5.4 billion annual impact on the state economy and features a growing research park established in 2008. Strategic areas of research emphasis include health sciences, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity. For more information, visit
Louisiana State University (LSU) is one of thirty universities in the country designated as a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution. LSU is the comprehensive State Flagship university of Louisiana. LSU has campuses across the state including: LSU, LSU Agricultural Center, LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU-Alexandria, LSU-Eunice, LSU-Shreveport, and the LSU Health Sciences Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans. It has academic programs in all areas of science, engineering, humanities, arts and social sciences. LSU’s research enterprise encompasses every aspect of a major research university with a Carnegie Classification: Research Active/Very High. LSU technologies have created more than $60 million in royalties to the university in the past 10 years. LSU is the top university in the nation in granting doctorates in chemistry to women and underrepresented minorities as well as the only university in North America where future petroleum engineers can get hands-on training in well control by working at its Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory. A recent study indicated that LSU’s economic impact to the state exceeded $5.1B. For more information, visit
Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; has eleven other global academic sites, including London, Paris, Florence, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Accra; and both sends more students to study abroad and educates more international students than any other U.S. college or university. Though its numerous schools and colleges, NYU is a leader in conducting research and providing education in the arts and sciences, engineering, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, social work, and professional studies, among other areas. For more information, visit
Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock, Texas. Created by legislative action in 1923 as Texas Technological College, the name was changed to Texas Tech University in 1969. Campus physical facilities include a total of 7,449,218 square feet in 188 buildings. The university is composed of more than 26,400 undergraduate, 5,200 graduate and 700 law students. Annually, total research expenditures exceed $125 million. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Texas Tech University as a RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity). For more information, visit
The University of Central Florida (UCF) and its 13 colleges provide opportunities to 66,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is the nation’s second-largest university with 210 degree programs to choose from. UCF is ranked as one of the “Most Innovative” universities by U.S. News & World Report, a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. For more information, visit
The University of Florida’s mission is to prepare our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. Recognized as among the top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report, UF is one of the nation’s largest public universities, and is the only member of the Association of American Universities in Florida. UF scientists and scholars conduct about $800 million in research annually and UF consistently ranks among the top universities at transferring its discoveries to the marketplace. Teaching, research and scholarship, and service span all of UF’s academic disciplines and represent its commitment to be a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership. For more information, visit
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a top-tier national research university and a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Like the university’s founders in 1869, students and faculty at Nebraska look challenges and opportunities in the eye, using fresh thinking and creativity to forge new paths. The expansive geography of the state fosters a closeness and collaboration that makes way for solutions applied nearby and around the world, including innovative public-private partnerships, such as a new research campus. Nebraska is the state’s flagship and landgrant university and continues to grow in size and prominence. It welcomed its largest and most diverse incoming class in 2017 and ranked 9th on Springer Nature’s international list of Rising Stars. Nebraska now has more than 26,000 students and more than 180 undergraduate and 120 graduate degree programs, and is ranked as a best-value university by the Princeton Review. For more information, visit
The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. For more information, visit


The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) is a regional economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF) whose mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation in the region through research, workforce and marketing partnerships. A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs) and 14 community colleges, the Council is co-chaired by the presidents of UCF, USF and UF. The Council includes the presidents of two of the community colleges, the president of Florida Institute of Technology and representatives of high tech industry. The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that involves matching funds research, workforce development and a marketing program leveraging governmental, EDO and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis. For more information, visit