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Michael Mewhinney                                                                                                                             Feb. 3, 2004

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif,                                                     

Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000                   

E-mail: Michael.Mewhinney@nasa.go

Nancy Bussani

San José State University, San José, Calif.

Phone: 408/924-2612

E-mail: Nancy.Bussani@sjsu.edu                   


RELEASE: 04-07AR

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media representatives are invited to attend a reception Feb. 5, 2004 for San José State University's Metropolitan Technology Center and the newly formed Space Technology Center.  The reception will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST in Bldg. 583C at NASA Research Park.  Guest speakers will include NASA Ames Research Center Director G. Scott Hubbard; Dr. Joseph Crowley, interim president, San José State University; Dr. Brian Cantwell, School of Engineering, Stanford University; Dr. Marshall Goodman, provost, San José State University; Dr. Daniel Pitt, School of Engineering, Santa Clara University; and Gregory Schmidt, associate director, NASA Ames Astrobiology and Space Research Directorate.  Rep. Anna Eshoo of the 14th Congressional District,  also has been invited. News media representatives must present photo ID at the Moffett Field main gate to gain entry.  To reach Building 583C, drive through the main gate and merge into the right lane.  At the "S" curve in Shenandoah Plaza, turn right onto Westcoat Road and continue to the first stop sign at McCord Avenue.  Turn right and continue to the stop sign at Edquiba Road.  Proceed across the intersection to a parking lot. Building 583C is the octagon-shaped building on the south end of the lot.

NASA, SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY OPEN TECHNOLOGY CENTERS

"With the signing of this agreement, we are taking major strides in developing NASA Research Park into a world-class, shared-use research and development campus in association with academia, industry and non-profit organizations," said G. Scott Hubbard, director of NASA Ames Research Center. 

"By working together, the Metropolitan Technology Center and the Space Technology Center will enhance NASA's educational programs and foster future collaboration with our friends in the academic community. We look forward to working with San José State University in the development of both of these exciting ventures," he added.

The Space Technology Center is comprised of a consortium of universities, aerospace, industry and government partners led by San José State University. The consortium also includes Stanford University, Santa Clara University and the Aerospace Corp., Los Angeles.

Under the terms of the agreement, consortium participants will work closely with the university's Metropolitan Technology Center to develop new science and engineering technologies designed to enhance educational programs for NASA and the consortium.

"The Metropolitan Technology Center will provide exciting new research and education opportunities," said San José State University Provost Marshall Goodman.  "A closer association with NASA scientists will allow for the development of new research projects in fields like Earth science, biotechnology, human factors and information technology.  The co-location of other universities within NASA Research Park will also enable our faculty to work cooperatively with colleagues from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, Carnegie Mellon West and the community colleges."

San José State University officials signed an agreement with NASA in November 2001 to develop the Metropolitan Technology Center to promote research collaborations between NASA Ames and the California State University (CSU) system, including its campuses, organized research units, and affiliates. NASA officials hailed the partnership with San José State University as an opportunity to "conduct joint research in cutting-edge technologies and to develop new ideas to improve the region's education infrastructure."

Working with the Metropolitan Technology Center and the university's newly formed Collaborative for Higher Education and the Institute for Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the new consortium will offer programs focused on education and workforce development, research and technology transfer of fields such as biotechnology, energy, sensors and wireless communication, disaster mitigation, human factors research and information technology.

Among the first educational programs to be offered by the new Space Technology Center is Stanford University's renowned graduate engineering course series, "Spacecraft Design." 

Students in the course develop a space mission using a small satellite, followed by hands-on laboratories where teams design, build, test and launch a real satellite. 

"Since its inception 45 years ago, NASA has pushed the boundaries of exploration and science, a philosophy Stanford shares in its academic pursuits. We're looking forward to playing a role in NASA's storied tradition by providing world-class engineering programs to the Space Technology Center," said Jim Plummer, School of Engineering dean, Stanford University.

Consortium partners hope the new collaborations will result in the development of new technologies for future space missions.  The consortium also will develop a new Web-based design center, called the Integrated Design Network.  Utah State University (USU) has recently joined the Space Technology Center and plans are being developed for USU to be the first remote user of the Integrated Design Network.

For more information about NASA Research Park on the Internet, visit:

http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov

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