About Space Grant

About Space Grant

NASA initiated the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, also known as Space Grant, in 1989. Space Grant is a national network of colleges and universities. These institutions are working to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts. The Space Grant national network includes over 850 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, museums, science centers, and state and local agencies. These affiliates belong to one of 52 consortia in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The 52 consortia fund fellowships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, or STEM, as well as curriculum enhancement and faculty development.  Member colleagues and universities also administer pre-college and public service education projects in their states.

The objectives of NASA’s Space Grant program are:

  • Establish and maintain a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields;
  • Encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and Federal, state and local governments;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public service programs related to aerospace;
  • Recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology; and
  • Promote a strong science, mathematics, and technology education base from elementary through secondary levels.

 

Michigan Space Grant Consortium

The vision of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium is to foster awareness of, education in, and research on space-related science and technology in Michigan. Its mission is to create, develop, and promote programs that support our vision and reflect NASA’s strategic interests, and encourage cooperation between academia, industry, and state and local government in space-related science and technology.

MSGC Executive Board and Institutions

MSGC’s Executive Board, experts from a wide variety of scientific and educational fields, is comprised of MSGC Campus Representatives at its lead and affiliated college/universities and selected educational experts.  The University of Michigan is the MSGC lead institution and all other colleges and universities are MSGC affiliates.

 

 

 

 

University of Michigan

Lead Institution

University of Michigan

Contact

Professor Mark Moldwin
Director, Michigan Space Grant Consortium
1418 Climate and Space Research Bldg.
2455 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143
Tel: (734) 647-3370
Email: mmoldwin@umich.edu

Calvin University

Affiliated Institution

Calvin College

Contact

Professor Jason P. Smolinski
Calvin University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
1734 Knollcrest Circle, SE
Science Building 181
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49546
Tel:  (616) 526-8711
Email: js85@calvin.edu

Eastern Michigan University

Affiliated Institution

Eastern Michigan University

Contact

Professor Roxanne Katus
Eastern Michigan University
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
515 Pray-Harrold
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Tel. (734) 487-1444
E-mail: rkatus@emich.edu

Grand Valley State University

Affiliated Institution

Grand Valley State University

Contact

Professor Bopaiah Biddanda
Annis Water Resources Institute
740 West Shoreline Drive
Muskegon, MI  49441
Tel. (616) 331-3978
E-mail: biddandb@gvsu.edu

Hope College

Affiliated Institution

Hope College

Contact

Professor Peter L. Gonthier
Department of Physics
27 Graves Place
Holland, MI 49423
Tel. (616) 395-7142
E-mail: gonthier@hope.edu

Michigan State University

Affiliated Institution

Michigan State University

Contact

Professor Michael A. Velbel
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
288 Farm Lane, Rm 207 Natural Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1115
Tel. (517) 353-5273
E-mail: velbel@msu.edu

Michigan Technological University

Affiliated Institution

Michigan Technological University

Contact

Dr. Lorelle Meadows
Michigan Technological University
Pavlis Honors College
Minerals and Materials Building, 722
Houghton, MI  49931-1295
Phone:  (906) 487-4371
E-Mail: lameadows@mtu.edu

Oakland University

Affiliated Institution

Oakland University

Contact

Professor Laila Guessous
Oakland University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
402 Engineering Center
115 Library Drive
Rochester, MI  48309-4478
Telephone:  (248) 370-2183
E-Mail: guessous@oakland.edu

Saginaw Valley State University

Affiliated Institution

Saginaw Valley State University

Contact

Professor Khandaker Abir Rahman
Saginaw Valley State University
Science East 177
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
Tel: (989) 964-2528
E-mail: krahman@SVSU.edu

Wayne State University

Affiliated Institution

Wayne State University

Contact

Professor Jeffrey Potoff
Wayne State University
College of Engineering
5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  (313) 577-9255
E-Mail: jpotoff@eng.wayne.edu

Western Michigan University

Affiliated Institution

Western Michigan University

Contact

Professor Massood Z. Atashbar
Western Michigan University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
1903 W Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Tel. (269) 276-3148
E-mail: massood.atashbar@wmich.edu

Ann Arbor Public Schools

  

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Contact

Mr. Tom Pachera
Skyline High School Design, Technology, Engineering, & Prototyping Lead Teacher
Ann Arbor Public Schools STEAM Coordinator
Ann Arbor Public Schools
2552 N. Maple Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Tel: (734) 545-6128
E-Mail: pachera@aaps.k12.mi.us

About MSGC Personnel

Mark B. Moldwin

Michigan Space Grant Consortium, Director

Professor Moldwin’s primary research interests are magnetospheric, ionospheric and heliospheric plasma physics, and pre-college space science education and outreach. He has published a textbook and over 200 articles and essays (including over 170 refereed scientific articles) on these subjects. Dr. Moldwin was a NASA/ASEE Kennedy Space Center Faculty Fellow, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Associated Western Universities Faculty Fellow, and a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Scientist. Professor Moldwin is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner and a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar. Prof. Moldwin is or has been the principal or co-investigator of over 75 externally peer-reviewed scientific projects including building the magnetometers to fly on NASA’s Space Technology – 5 satellites, the Air Force DSX mission satellite, and ground-based magnetometerand GPS receiver deployment in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Antarctica. Professor Mark is a co-founder of A2 Motus LLC an education technology company developing devices to enable teachers and students to better understand complex systems through kinesthetic activities.


(734) 647-3370
mmoldwin@umich.edu

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Brenda Vyletel

Michigan Space Grant Consortium, Program Manager

A two-time alum of University of Michigan’s College of Engineering (BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering), Brenda brings with her years of technical and project management experience and a passion for STEM education.


(734) 764-8327
bvyletel@umich.edu

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