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November 15, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-4727) RELEASE: 93-210 NASA TAPS 20 SCHOOLS FOR AERONAUTICS ENGINEERING GRANTS NASA is giving 20 universities grants for the first phase of a new training program that ultimately will create a cadre of young engineers skilled in multi-disciplinary design and analysis methods. Under the Multi-disciplinary Design and Analysis Fellowship Program, each university will get about $50,000 to define a multi-disciplinary curriculum and graduate-level research program in the aeronautics field that would be accomplished with industry. They also will prepare proposals for Phase II of the effort, which will give five of the schools $200,000 grants to start their programs in the 1994-95 academic year. "Multi-disciplinary methods are a key to great advances in the quality of aircraft design and reducing cost," said John R. Facey, acting director of the Critical Technologies Division in NASA's Office of Aeronautics. "It's vital that the U.S. aerospace industry have enough engineers who are both qualified in multi-disciplinary design and analysis and motivated to use those techniques." In aeronautics, multi-disciplinary analysis and design looks at the interactions among areas such as propulsion, structures, control systems and aerodynamics in calculating a plane's flight characteristics. Current engineering education does not focus on how these separate disciplines work in combination. In contrast, NASA's new program goes a step further by encouraging graduate-level research on ways to integrate all the

factors involved in the design process: engineering, economics, environmental issues and regulatory aspects. It also stresses the development of multi-disciplinary course work and text materials. A key goal of the program is to get the input of industry partners during research activities and transfer their expertise to the curriculum. "An industry role will ensure that the methods being taught are practical," Facey said. "The students involved in the program will eventually help maintain the favorable balance of trade that the U.S. aviation industry provides in a highly competitive climate." -more-2Forty-four universities responded to the program notice put out by the Office of Aeronautics in May. The 20 schools chosen had the best combination of proposed research and curriculum development, potential to attract high-quality students and ability to involve industry partners. The schools have 6 months to define their research and curriculum plans and prepare a Phase II proposal. NASA expects the Phase II selection to occur by spring 1994. The Multi-disciplinary Design and Analysis Fellowship Program is managed by the Critical Technologies Division at NASA Headquarters, along with NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif.; Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., and Lewis Research Center, Cleveland. The universities receiving grants are Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Clemson University, S.C.; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (Albert Nerken School of Engineering), New York; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Mississippi State University, Mississippi State; Morgan State University, Baltimore; Pennsylvania State University, University Park; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; Stanford University, Calif.; State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst; University of Arizona,

Tucson; University of Cincinnati; University of Delaware, Newark; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, and Wichita State University, Kan. - end -