Archive for April, 2015

Career fair to be hosted by NASA MICI on April 30th

If you are graduating this year or next, and looking to find a job in a STEM career, MICI has a tremendous opportunity for you.  We are organizing an event that will allow you to meet one-on-one with numerous STEM employers, and do so all from the convenience of your dorm room, home, or school.

On April 30th, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern time, NASA MICI will be hosting a Virtual Career Fair and you are invited to participate!

The Career Fair will have virtual expo booths staffed live by STEM employers.  You can upload a resume, enter an expo booth of your choosing, and have a private face-to-face meeting via webcam with a representative from that company’s booth. Participating exhibitors include NASA, Honeybee Robotics, AOL, Walmart IT, Florida Power and Light, and several others.  The event is free and open to any undergraduate or graduate student with an expected graduation date between April 2015 and August 2016.  Advance registration is required.

Students are highly encouraged to use a webcam and wear headphones when participating during the April 30th event.

For more information and to sign up, please visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mary Baker at

Hope to see you there!

Xploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2016 Academic Innovation Challenge – Proposals Due April 30, 2015

eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2016 Academic Innovation Challenge
Proposals Due: April 30, 2015


The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge. This program is a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions. The competition is intended to link with senior- and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacturing of functional prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in novel ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration. The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division will offer multiple awards of $10k – $30k each to design and produce f unctional products of interest to the AES Division as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams may be integrated onto existing NASA-built operational prototypes. X-Hab proposals will have a proposal submittal, where down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. X-Hab university teams will complete their products for evaluation in May-June 2016 by the AES Division. Universities may collaborate together on a project team.


Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College (if applicable) and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multi-discipline, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Important Dates and Information
Proposals Due: April 30, 2015

NASA Smallsat Technology Partnerships Solicitation

NASA is extending an opportunity to college and university teams to propose small spacecraft technology projects that they can conduct in collaboration with NASA researchers.  The Smallsat Technology Partnerships solicitation is being issued by the Small Spacecraft Technology Program as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s NASA Research Announcement for 2015.

NASA expects to competitively select about eight projects from among those proposed by university teams, which can form proposal partnerships with researchers from any of NASA’s ten field centers.  Awards for each project will include up to $100,000 to each university team per year.  In addition, NASA will fund the time for one NASA employee to work with each selected team.  Project funding is for one year with the potential to continue for a second year.

Proposed projects could involve laboratory work to advance a particular spacecraft technology or the development of a new smallsat.  NASA will be accepting proposals in four topic areas: 1) precise attitude control and pointing systems for cubesats, 2) power generation, energy storage, and thermal management systems for small spacecraft, 3) simple low-cost deorbit systems, and 4) communications and tracking systems and networks.

Proposals are due by June 8, 2015.

The appendix document, is available through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System website by going to:{EE5E8712-1E80-3B5C-23B9-7F80A1F1689A}&path=open

Technology Development and Commercialization Program

FSGC, Space Florida, and NASA Kennedy Space Center

Technology Development and Commercialization


KSC innovators have developed many new technologies and made many scientific breakthroughs over the years. While all have been developed for NASA’s space exploration mission, some KSC technologies have the potential to provide benefit here on Earth in commercial applications.  As a result, the KSC Technology Transfer Office (TTO) patents these technologies and makes them available to private sector companies for commercialization through the NASA Technology Transfer Program. When companies obtain these technologies and use them to meet market needs, we call these Spinoffs (

However, many of these patented technologies are early stage and require additional development to better determine the strength of their commercial viability and their use to NASA. In some cases, KSC laboratories lack the NASA funds to advance these technologies and private sector companies cannot risk the investment in needed development.  Because of this, these technologies have stopped in their development despite their possible commercial benefit here on Earth and use to NASA.


In response, FSGC and the KSC TTO have partnered to establish this pilot program.  This program seeks to provide Florida universities with a competitive opportunity to further develop KSC patented technologies for potential commercial applications. And for NASA space applications if the specific technology has “dual use” potential.

FSGC and the KSC TTO worked collaboratively to identify two early stage KSC patented technologies that fit the profile for this program.

The two topics are

(i) Adaptive Thermal Management System (ATMS)

(ii) Multi-Dimensional Damage Detection for Flat Surfaces

We are now issuing this request to Florida universities for proposals to further develop these technologies for commercial applications.  Alternatively, proposals may suggest development that advances the technology toward meeting both commercial and NASA applications, i.e. “dual-use”, as suggested in the technology descriptions provided.  Proposals describing an entire development path from current maturity level to a level where the technology is fully capable of meeting commercial applications (and NASA application if applicable), are desired but not required.  Proposing complete development paths is valuable even if funding through this year’s RFP will not cover all development or the proposer is not interested in performing development work beyond a certain point.

Notice of Intent by April 20, 2018

Deadline: Proposals due by May 30, 2018 (Due date change)

Notification of Award – July 20, 2018 

2018 KSC Technology Development Program– Request for Proposal


Online Application 

New NASA Opportunity for Summer Faculty

New NASA Opportunity for Summer Faculty

NASA is advertising for a faculty member to teach a new program called Launching 2 Learn. Students will learn how to launch level 1 and level 2 high powered rockets, and learn all the math and science involved.  The purpose is to encourage students to stay enrolled in a STEM degree program.  Students will be paid $600 a week for 4 weeks to participate in this program. The program will be held at KSC July 6 – 31.

Faculty interested in teaching this program can go to the following website for the application

Qualified individuals must:

1) have at least a level 2 certification in high powered rocketry.  See:

2) be able to provide instruction for a 4 week duration at the NASA Kennedy Space Center  July 6 – 31

3) be able to prepare the university student level curriculum during a 2 week period prior to coming to KSC in July

4) be able finalize a high school curriculum within 2 weeks after finishing instruction at KSC

The individual will be teaching level 1 and level 2 High Power Rocketry (HPR) to 20 college freshmen STEM majors, as part of NASA’s Launching to Learn.  The instructor will teach the math and science required for the students to gain a deep understanding of rocketry.  The instructor will teach the students to build and launch a level 1 rocket.   Students will be able to apply for level 1 certification upon successful launch and recovery.  The instructor will teach the students to build and launch level 2 rockets in teams of 4.
This exhilarating experience is designed to increase students’ self-efficacy in engineering for those that have historically been at a higher risk of dropping out of their intended engineering majors.

In addition to teaching students, the contracted instructor must also prepare a packaged course that can be shared with high schools nationwide.  NASA will also be selecting a graduate student to assist with both the HPR class and the development of the high school curriculum.

The selected individual will enter into a contractual relationship to complete the above mentioned tasks, and shall be provided $1,400 per week for each of the 6-8 weeks associated with this program. Some travel expenses will be provided if the instructor lives more than 50 miles from KSC.  The travel expenses will follow GSA guidelines.

Please provide information about your background and experience by completing the following form:


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