Robert Louis Shepard, PhD

The Shepard Institute (TSI), LLC

505 Redland Blvd

Rockville, MD 20850


Cell: 202-329-7036


1973, Ph.D., Physical Organic Chemistry, Howard University

1971, M.S., Physical Organic Chemistry, Howard University

1969, B.S., Chemistry, Saint Augustine’s College

Professional Experience

2013 – present: Principal, The Shepard Institute (TSI), LLC

1990 – 2014:  Founding Executive Director/CEO, Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc. (Known as SEA)

1988 – 1990:  Technical Assistant to Director, Office of Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

1984 – 1988:  Visiting Scientist, Department of Chemistry, Howard University

1982 – 1988:  Science Consultant to African Organizations, United Nations Development Program

1980 – 1984:  Lead Scientist, Safeguards Program, Office of Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

1975 – 1980:  Senior Scientist, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards,U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

1973 – 1975:  Head, X-ray Diffraction and Atomic Absorption Laboratory, Hoechst Celanese Corporation

1971 – 1972:  Research Assistant, Analytical Chemistry Division, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Professional Service

2020 – present: Facilitator, A Virtual Workshop to Facilitate the Use of National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Data and

 Infrastructure at HBCUs, National Science Foundation (NSF)

2012 – present:  External Advisory Board Member, Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, a National Science

Foundation (NSF) Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), Prairie View A&M University

2009 – 2012:  Advisory Board Member, Center for STEM Education and Research (CSER), Texas Southern University

2008 – 2012:  Planning Committee, Nuclear Education Program, Alabama A&M University

2004 – 2010:  Member, Leadership Network Blue Ribbon Workforce Panel, Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST)

2004 – 2009:  Advisory Board Member, University Research Center, Texas Southern University

2004 – 2006:  Distinguished Lecturer, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

2001 – 2005:  External Advisory Committee Board Member, Mississippi Functional Genomics Network, University of Southern


2000 – 2005:  Advisory Board Member, President’s Strategic Planning Committee for 10-Year Vision for Jackson State University

2000 – 2004:  Advisory Board Member, Environmental Technology and Waste Management Consortium, Howard University (Chair, 2004)

1999 – 2007:  External Advisory Board Member, Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), Jackson State University

1995 – 1998:  Member, Board of Directors, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

Select Publications

Shepard, R.L., Robinson, L and Tsegaye, T. (2007). Science and Engineering Alliance Phosphorus Observational Network (SEAPON): Evaluating the Long Term Impact of Land Use/Cover and Climate Change on Phosphorous Dynamics. Submitted to National Science Foundation in response to National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) RFI.

Shepard, R.L. and Johnson, D. (2007). NEON Partners with the Science and Engineering Alliance, BioScience, v. 57, p. 635-636.

Shepard, R.L. and Johnson, D. (2007). The First Wave of NEON Founding Members, BioScience, v. 57, p. 636.

Shepard, R.L. (1995). Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA): A Model for Advancement of the U.S. Science and Technology Workforce, NTA Journal, 69 2:32.

Shepard, R.L., Morris, J.B., Ayorinde, F.O., Afolabi, A.O., Oke, O.L. and Ologunde, M.O. (1994). Amino Acid Composition of 15 Amaranthus Species from Tropical Agriculture, Amaranth Newsletter, 4:12.

Shepard, R.L. (1993). The Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Tomorrow's World, NOBCChE News, 14, 2:8.


Ologunde, M.O., Ayorinde, F.O., Shepard, R.L., Afolabi, A.O. and Oke, O.L. (1992). The Sterols of the Seed Oils of Vernomia galamensis and Amaranthus Species. J. Fd Sci. Agri. 58:221.

Ologunde M.O., Ayorinde F.O., Shepard, R.L., Afolabi O.A. and Oke O.L. (1992). Chemical Evaluation of Exotic Grain Amaranth Seeds Planted in the Humid Lowlands of West Africa. J. of Tropical Agri., 69 (2):105.

Ologunde, M.O., Akinyemiju, O.A., Ayorinde, F.O., Afolabi, A.O., Shepard, R.L. and Oke, O.L. (1991). A Bioavailability to Rats of Iron from Fortified Grain Amaranth Flour, J. Fd. Sci. Tech, 26:493.

Ologunde, M.O., Ayorinde, F.O., Shepard, R.L. (1990). Chemical Evaluation of Defatted Vernomia galamensis Meal. J. of American Oil Chemist Soc. 67. 92-95.


Shepard, R.L. (1989). Amaranth Grain As a Food Source, Howard Press: New Directions Magazine, 16:1, 22-27.

Shepard, R.L., Ologunde, M.O., Taylor, B., Afolabi, O.A., Ayorinde, F.O., and Oke, O.L. (1988). Chemical Evaluation of Dark Seed Grain Amaranth Growing in Nigeria. J. of Fd and Agri., 2:146.


Shepard, R.L. (1987). Identifying Minority Scientists, Report to the National Science Foundation's Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), Washington, D.C.

Shepard, R.L. (1983). International Trends in the Development of Biomass as an Alternate Energy Source, CR-01-83, African Regional Center for Technology, Dakar, Senegal.


Shepard, R.L. (2017), Fulfilling YOUR Destiny, Step by Step – A Self-Help Guide -, Published by The Shepard Institute.


Shepard, R.L. (2013), Fulfilling MY Destiny, Step by Step – An Autobiography -, AuthorHouse Publishing.


Food Science Lecture Note Series V: Toxic Constituents of Food. Monograph, Editors-in-Chief: Adeyemi, I. A., Ologunde, M. O., and Shepard, R. L., (2005) Publisher: Scoripo Educational Achievement Services (SEAS) Publishers, Lagos, Abuja, ISBN: 978-978-48298-0-9.

Synergistic Activities

The Shepard Institute (TSI), LLC is a Think Tank for creative thought to enable individuals and organizations to recover to a better state than the one currently being experienced. It extends the work performed as Founding Executive Director/CEO of the Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc.(known as SEA), where Shepard oversaw all aspects of SEA management including facilities, equipment, program development, budgeting, and staffing. At SEA, he served as primary scientific and business representative to federal agencies and other external groups and contacts on matters relating to broadening participation of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in federally funded research and development (R&D) programs. Leading a small staff of four, the operating strategy he used reflected that the sum total of SEA was greater than any of its individual members. Collaborations and partnerships served as the primary mechanism for developing long-term funded R&D opportunities for underrepresented academic institutions with grants and contracts from federal agencies, industry, and other funding organizations.


According to data from the National Science Foundation (NSF)/Science Resources Statistics (SRS) Survey of Federal Support to Universities, Colleges and Nonprofits, from 1990 – 2009, the four SEA institutions totaled over $1.01 Billion in combined federal support. After exceeding its mission, Shepard and the Board of Directors dissolved SEA in 2013.


Collaborators and Other Affiliations (1990 – 2020)

Victor McCrary, National Science Board

Tony Beasley, National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. (NEON)

Willie May, Morgan State University and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Tony Baylis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Mark Shaffer, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)

Richard, O’Grady, American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)

William McKinney, W.K Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)

Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America (ESA)

Dwayne Ashley, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

William Smith, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA)

Brian D. Kloeppel, Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS)

Extensive list of university collaborators

Volunteer Services provided to various individuals and organizations through Mt. Calvary Baptist

Church, Rockville, MD and Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC