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Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringDr. Stephen M. RuffinDirector, NASA’s Georgia Space Grant ConsortiumProfessor, School of Aerospace EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GANational Council of Space Grant DirectorsFall 2016 Southeast Regional MeetingSeptember 28-30, 2016Lexington, KY

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringOutline Excomm Communications Telecons (2 per month)Deputy Administrator Meeting, July 2016Transition Meeting, July 2016Mission STEM, August 2016OSIRIS Rex Launch, Sept. 2016NIFS FeedbackNASA Strategic Plan CollaborationSpace Grant Website http://national.spacegrant.org/ Publicity Committee Volunteers needed Spring National SG Meeting: March 2-4, 2017 Student Poster Session Flipped Meeting Session Speakers Needed

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringPlan Enacted in 2012

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringMajor Actions(Slide 1 of 2)Most important actions Space Grant should take to improveits effectiveness over the next 10 years1) Increase funding and funding stability.o Provides for engagement of more students and educators,especially those from under-represented populations.o Expand the funding base to also include support from entitiesother than NASA.2)3)Improve relationship with NASA management and thelarger NASA community.Improve visibility of Space Grant programs.o Ensure that opportunities and program impact are known acrossNASA, with local, state and federal government, with students,educators and the public

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringMajor Actions(Slide 2 of 2)Most important actions Space Grant should take to improveits effectiveness over the next 10 years4) Utilize the unique space grant network and pipeline toenhance the impact of K-12 programs.o Engage students and educators in inter-disciplinary andexperiential training activities5)Increase industry involvement in space grant.o Build national and local partnerships to support internships,collaborative research and enhanced workforce training6)Conduct collaborative multi-state experiential highereducation programs.o Should be cooperative and not just competitive activities.

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringGoalContribute to the nation's science enterprise by funding education, research,and informal education projects through a national network of university-basedSpace Grant consortia.Objectives1)2)3)4)5)Establish and maintain a national network of universities with interests andcapabilities in aeronautics, space and related STEM fields.Engage in cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry,and Federal, state and local governments.Engage in interdisciplinary training, research and public service programsin aeronautics, space and related STEM fields.Recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresentedminorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace scienceand technology.Promote a strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics(STEM) education base from elementary through secondary levels whilepreparing teachers in these grade levels to become more effective atimproving student academic outcomes.

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringStrategies for Objective 1a)Establish and maintain a national network of universities with interests andcapabilities in aeronautics, space and related STEM fields.Better advertise and promote Space Grant and other NASA HigherEducation opportunities through more effective use of social media, NASATV and other methods available to the extensive space grant network.b)Seek and utilize funding from other entities as well as from NASA tosupport the space grant network and student engagement.c)Promote the development and availability of STEM curriculum incommunity and technical colleges and rural campuses.d)Conduct undergraduate scholarship, graduate fellowship and faculty andstudent research programs which increase student skills and motivation inaeronautics, space and related STEM fields.e)Conduct high-quality student group projects and competitions whichincrease student skills and motivation in aeronautics, space and relatedSTEM fields. Collaborate with technical experts from NASA, industry andother partners in these programs.

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringStrategies for Objective 2Engage in cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, andFederal, state and local governments.a) Increase the interaction between space grant consortia and industrythrough actions such as increasing the number of student internships inindustry and promoting more collaborative research involving industry,faculty and students.b)Increase the number of industry affiliates in the space grant network andbuild strategic national and local partnerships with aerospace companies toprovide enhanced workforce training.c)Establish more direct communication and collaboration with local and stategovernments and school systems to ensure greater inclusion of NASAresources, content, and programs.d)Obtain greater statewide buy-in by seeking and utilizing funds from stateand local governments to expand the impact of space grant programs.e)Develop a closer relation to the NASA Centers and more direct role inplacing students at these Centers.

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringStrategies for Objective 3Engage in interdisciplinary training, research and public service programs inaeronautics, space and related STEM fields.a) Conduct multi-state, experiential higher education programs. These shouldbe cooperative and not just competitive activities and may include teamoriented interdisciplinary research or design projects and coursework.b)Enhance publicity and communication of space grant activities in thegeneral public.c)Support fellowships, research, design programs, space and aeronauticshardware programs, and internships which engage students ininterdisciplinary activities.d)Better communicate and support design competitions sponsored by NASA,FAA, DoD and other federal agencies, professional societies and industry.

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringStrategies for Objective 4Recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, andpersons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology.a) Broadly and effectively advertise wide range of STEM opportunities conductedby federal and state agencies, industry and other organizations to students atspace grant institutions.b)Broadly and effectively advertise space grant activities on each campusspecifically targeting student and university organizations on campus that serveunder-represented populations.c)Develop and promote programs specifically addressing retention andrecruitment issues of under-represented populations.d)Enhance the impact and integration of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) in thespace grant national network.e)Improve efficiency and completeness of data collection processes showingstudent recruitment, engagement, retention, employment and diversity(geographic, 1st generation in college, Appalachian, disability, gender, race,ethnicity, ). Better utilize this data with stakeholders within each state andnationally to increase support for space grant.

Dr. Stephen M. Ruffin, du/community/staff/bio/ruffin-sSchool of Aerospace EngineeringStrategies for Objective 5a)Promote a strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educationbase from elementary through secondary levels while preparing teachers in these gradelevels to become more effective at improving student academic outcomes.Increase collaboration with Colleges of Education and State Departments of Educationin training of future teachers and in continuing education programs for currentteachers.b)Promote interaction of university faculty and space grant affiliates with K-12 schools,educators and informal education providers in STEM programs. These interactionsshould include teacher training workshops involving development and use of NASArelevant content to be infused into classroom settings and STEM curriculum support.c)Continue and expand hands-on and team-oriented programs engaging K-12 students,educators and informal education organizations.d)Seek and utilize funding from other federal and state agencies (in addition to NASA) toconduct K-12 STEM programs.e)Conduct programs which bring K-12 students, educators, and informal educationproviders to space grant university campuses. Promote interaction betweencommunity and higher-education students and faculty.

a) Better advertise and promote Space Grant and other NASA Higher Education opportunities through more effective use of social media, NASA TV and other methods available to the extensive space grant network. b) Seek and utilize funding from other entities as well as from NASA to support the space grant network and student engagement.

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