MEDIA CONTACT
Dr. Yervant Terzian – Director New York Space Grant
Phone: (607) 255-4935
Email: yt28@cornell.edu

 

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NASA SPACE GRANT DIRECTORS SPRING MEETING

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Council of NASA Space Grant Directors will hold their Spring meeting from Feb. 28 through Mar. 2. These meetings are held to detail the accomplishments that the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (NASA Space Grant) has accomplished. NASA Space Grant’s goal is to provide opportunities in aerospace education and awareness.
The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Crystal City Hoteland is hosted by the NASA  District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium The sessions held during the three-day meeting will cover the vast array of services that the National Space Grant provides to students and to faculty.
The meeting will focus on the research done by NASA Space Grant’s chief benefactors – students. Hailing from seven states, they will present their work on a number of topics including, student-built space hardware, supersonic wind tunnel testing for undergraduate laboratories, as well as research into bone loss and scale helicopter testing.
The invited speakers at this conference include some of the most influential people in the field of aerospace research and technology. John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate and Todd Mosher, Director of Design and Development, Sierra Nevada Corporation are just some of the many guests set to attend the meeting. Dr. Julius Dasch, former Program Manager of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program will be presented with the 2013 National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award at a reception and banquet. Past Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award Lloyd Bentsen, James Van Allen, Peter Diamantis, John Glenn, John Young, Leon Lederman, Vera Rubin, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Sally Ride.

“This meeting is a great venue for space education representatives from all 50 states and Washington DC and Puerto Rico to discuss various programs and projects that provide opportunities for college students to build space hardware that can be flown either on a weather balloon, rocket or satellites” said the Director of the New York Space Grant Consortium and Chair of the Council, Dr. Yervant Terzian at Cornell University
About The NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (NASA Space Grant).
Established by Congress in 1988 to “inspire the next generation of explorers,” NASA Space Grant has evolved into a powerful grassroots network that significantly contributes to developing America’s critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Space Grant enhances our nation’s education, research, and public literacy in STEM, particularly in fields related to space, aeronautics, life sciences, physical science, and Earth system science. There are 52 Space Grant Consortia, one in each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, ensuring the entire nation is actively committed to continued innovative experiences and education in aerospace, science and technology at every level. NASA Space Grant is the only national, federal space-related educational program initiative. As NASA Space Grant implements its mission-critical activities: education, research, public outreach, current and future workforce engagement, it is establishing and maintaining a pipeline of future innovators, explorers, technical professionals and a supportive public community that allows the U.S. to sustain and grow its competitive lead in aeronautics and space.
For more information, go to http://national.spacegrant.org/