Alumnus donates $25,000 to support lecture series


Dr. Herman D. Hughes of Eutaw, Alabama, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Michigan State University (MSU), received his B.S. , M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Stillman College, Tuskegee University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, respectively.

Dr. Hughes is unmatched in his dedication, service, as well as generosity (e.g., established five endowed scholarships at four institution, for undergraduate/graduate CSE students) to the computer science profession, and to the technical community at large (e.g., over 100 technical publications to his credit). In addition to his technical contributions, he has done outstanding work in the areas of public service and outreach, with emphasis on enhancing the goals of diversity at MSU and elsewhere. His stellar achievements earned him several high honors (e.g., Distinguished Faculty at MSU), as he is considered a national and international leader in the area of network traffic management.

At Tuskegee, Dr, Hughes recently established another endowment for initiating a Distinguished Lecture Series and also an Annual Award Luncheon for recognizing faculty excellence in research, teaching and service. This endowment involves the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences, and promises to promote interdisciplinary research activities. When asked, what drives him to do this? His response: “we all have stood on strong shoulders of many individuals/institutions to foster success in reaching our goals (i.e., getting to the mountain top). So, it is imperative that we as a people, cast our net(s) (i.e., reach out) in some form to assist others along the way. It is exciting, rewarding, and comforting to have some control of nurturing/perpetuating my passion and legacy.”

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