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June 11, 1990

NASA SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH CONSORTIUM OF MINORITY UNIVERSITIES NASA Deputy Administrator J.R. Thompson today witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NASA and representatives of a newly-formed academic consortium comprising 6 minority universities. The MOU establishes the NASA Space Technology Development and Utilization Program Consortium (STDP), designed to increase minority universities involved in NASA research and technology development. The consortium includes North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro; New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas; Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; Southern University, Baton Rouge, La.; Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.; and Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala. "This collaboration creates an infrastructure to enhance and strengthen each university's science and engineering research programs. It also will help increase representation of Blacks, American Indians and Hispanics in these fields. This effort significantly exceeds any previous jointly-pursued minority university inititative," said Thompson. The infrastructure provides for effective management and technical interfaces with numerous organizations, such as NASA program offices and field centers, minority academic institutions, the private sector and the minority business community.

The program approach includes several major components: * The university consortium component combines participants' technical, scientific and engineering skills, providing a balanced team to engage in a range of research activities.

- more -2 * The private sector component integrates high technology capabilitites of major corporations with research capabilities of minority universities. To facilitate the private sector component, BDM International Inc., a Ford Aerospace Company, will provide both program management and technical support. * The minority business enterprise component assists with transferring technologies and results of applied research to minority businesses for development and commercial applications. As part of the agreement, NASA will fund 7 research projects, 20 graduate student fellowships and 31 undergraduate student scholarships, totalling about $1 million. Several program benefits include developing a large pool of minority science and engineering undergraduate and graduate students participating in NASA research; increasing opportunities for faculty exchange; providing summer internships, co-op programs and faculty research fellowships with government and industry; providing minority universities with direct interaction with technology-oriented industry and with government; and supporting viable commercial development and technology transfer to industry. BDM has developed a data base called RESOURCE to provide NASA, other federal agencies, industry and other researchers information about academic programs, research programs, equipment

and faculty at minority institutions. The STDP is coordinated by NASA's Minority University Program Office in the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, at NASA Headquarters. Program oversight is maintained at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., in the Office of the Chief Scientist.

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