Our History and Focus
HRI was founded in 1987 by Dr. Iris R. Weiss, who served as President until her retirement in 2012. HRI specializes in research, evaluation, and technical assistance focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) improvement. HRI is recognized nationally for its STEM-focused research and evaluation work across pre-K to higher education, research collaboratives, community engagement and informal education. HRI has provided services for a variety of clients in both the public and private sector, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, numerous colleges and universities, and professional organizations such as the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
HRI is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The company is centrally located among three major research universities: Duke University in Durham, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.