Archive for September, 2018

Novel Materials for Building on Mars- FSGC funded project

Novel Materials for Building on Mars – Univ. of Miami, College of Engineering.

Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, has been the subject of fiction, scientific research and engineering since the 1800s. It is the most accessible place for life other than on Earth, making it a scientifically interesting location in our solar system. Emerging technologies to provide safe habitats for manned missions to Mars have been identified as a priority by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Research in this field has become even more significant since Congress passed a bill directing NASA to send a manned mission to Mars by 2033.


NASA Pathways Internship Employment Program (IEP)

NASA Pathways Internship Employment Program (IEP): This is a Program for students currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program. These positions may lead to full-time employment with NASA after graduation.


Please check out this NASA KSC Pathways Program Spring 2019 Positions Flyer for a list of positions and more information on the program.

New NASA Centennial Challenges Announcement: NASA CO₂ Conversion Challenge

New NASA Centennial Challenges Announcement

Fed Register Notice# 18-066

NASA CO Conversion Challenge

In accordance with the NASA Prize Authority, the NASA Centennial Challenges program has released Phase 1 of the CO₂ Conversion Challenge.  Interested teams that wish to compete may now register on the official Challenge site at  

NASA Centennial Challenges is a program of prize competitions to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest and value to NASA and the nation.  NASA is providing the prize purse, and NASA Centennial Challenges will be managing the Challenge with support from Common Pool.

The CO₂ Conversion Challenge is devoted to fostering the development of CO₂ conversion systems that can effectively produce singular or multiple molecular compounds identified as desired microbial manufacturing ingredients and/or that provide a significant advancement of physicochemical CO₂ conversion for the production of useful molecules.  NASA envisions this competition having two phases with a total prize purse of up to $1 million.  Phase 1 (the current phase) is the Concept Phase with a prize purse of up to $250,000 to demonstrate capabilities to develop technologies to manufacture “food” for microbial bioreactors from CO₂ and hydrogen molecules, with the ultimate goal of producing glucose.   The initiation of Phase 2, a Demonstration Challenge with a prize purse of up to $750,000, is contingent on the emergence of promising submissions in Phase 1 that demonstrate a viable approach to achieve the Challenge goals. The official rules for Phase 2 will be released prior to the opening of Phase 2.  

Official documentation related to this Challenge can be found at   

NASA welcomes applications from individuals, teams, and organization or entities that meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the Official Rules.  U.S. government employees may enter the competition, or be members of prize-eligible teams, so long as they are not acting within the scope of their Federal employment, and they rely on no facilities, access, personnel, knowledge or other resources that are available to them as a result of their employment except for those resources available to all other participants on an equal basis.  Refer to the Official Challenge Rules for a complete set of eligibility requirements.

Interested teams should submit their registration by 5:00pm Central Time on January 24, 2019.  Submissions must be received by 5:00pm Central Time on February 28, 2019.  No further requests for review will be accepted after this date.

NASA Glenn Research Center University Student Design Challenge 2018-2019

Challenge Goals

Societal needs include an optimal combination of technical and employable skills to drive and sustain workplace productivity. In the spirit of this need, the competition promotes participation through multidisciplinary teams of students with STEAM majors.  Using the insights of teams of students with highly diverse knowledge will increase both the ability and creativity of the teams and foster team-building and communication skills, which, in turn, can enhance workplace productivity. The Challenge calls upon a multidisciplinary view to gain knowledge from the ideas and feasibility assessments that come from it.

Higher Education Design Challenges (USDC-3)

The two projects within the Design Challenge are:

  • For Aeronautics –
    Hybrid Electric Regional Jet Aircraft Conceptual Design and Operations
  • For Space –
    Solar powered exploration of Venus

The deadline for registration is October, 17, 2018. Question(s) on the USDC-3 may be directed to:  for prompt response(s).

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships – Fall 2019

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen, U.S. national and permanent resident graduate student research that has significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.
This call for graduate student research proposals, titled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2019 (NSTRF19), solicits proposals from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellows will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to his or her faculty advisor, each Fellow will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the research collaborator on the award.!{23291728-FC29-E544-8D34-45811A70418A}&path=open


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