NASA-Goddard and University of Maryland Sign MOU
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Officials from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. and University of Maryland College Park have signed a memorandum of understanding that creates a strong and important partnership between the two organizations.

The guiding agreement will enhance both institutions’ abilities to collaborate by providing greater access to the personnel and the facilities of the other and allow easier identification, development, and implementation of future partnerships. The pre-eminent joint activities that will come from this joint venture include space-based science; engineering research and development; bio-sciences; earth sciences, and education.

“The new direction that the space agency has undertaken requires promoting and implementing revolutionary initiatives in science and engineering,” said Goddard Space Flight Center Director Rob Strain. “ Developing cutting-edge technologies will require interdisciplinary participation of the highest caliber of personnel. Our partnership with the University of Maryland will help Goddard attract and retain scientific and engineering talent, including graduate students, post-doctoral research associates as well as full-time scientists and engineers.”

University of Maryland President Dan Mote added, “By combining our efforts, we will be able to develop new scientific and exploration missions, research partnerships, laboratories, along with computational, visualization and data facilities. Our joint activities will foster curricula and degrees that meet the mutual interests of both institutions. It will also increase participation of Goddard employees in research and education at UMCP, and UMCP faculty and students in Goddard projects.”

Major areas in which interactions and collaborations have been and continue to be beneficial include Earth Science, Space Science and Astronomy, Engineering and associated technology development, information science and technology, and education. Ongoing and near-term specific opportunities include:
  • The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology
  • The Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center
  • The Joint Space Science Institute
  • Numerical weather and coupled climate modeling
  • Remote sensing
  • Nanotechnologies and nanobiologies
  • Observational and modeling studies of global Carbon and water cycles
  • Micro-electro mechanical systems
  • Biophysics and bioengineering related to the search for life in the universe and advancing Earth system science
  • Information visualization and synthesis
  • Computing/software engineering for data storage
  • Science coordination in “Living with a Star”
  • Information-based engineering and development of “virtual” national models for the Earth and Space Sciences cycles.
  • Faculty collaboration on Spacecraft Thermal Analysis and Control
For more information about University of Maryland programs, visit:
Goddard Release No.: 10-022

Mark Hess / Ed Campion
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
301-286-8955 / 0697 /

Millree Williams / Lee Tune
University of Maryland at College Park
Phone: 301-405-4618 / 4679 /