NASA University Reasearch Center
In March 2003 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology a $6 million, five-year grant to establish a University Research Center (URC) that serves NASA objectives in the Aerospace Technology and Space Science Enterprises. The URC combines the College's Multidisciplinary Flight Dynamics and Control Laboratory (MFDC Lab) and Structures, Pointing, and Control Engineering Laboratory (SPACE Lab) to conduct multidisciplinary research in eight areas, including Intelligent Flight Control; Autonomous Control of Unmanned Air Vehicles and in Formation Flying; Modeling and Advanced Simulation and Virtual Aircraft Design; Space Telescope Technology, and Precision Pointing; Nonlinear Modeling of Complex Structures; Optimization of Propulsion Systems; Digital Computation and Communication; and Wind-Tunnel Testing and Validations. The URC has collaborative agreements with two other universities - University of Southern California (USC), and California State University Long Beach (CSULB) - NASA Centers, Dryden Flight Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and with major aerospace firms including Boeing and Northrop Grumman. The URC devotes significant resources to educational programs and to increase the number of degrees awarded to students who have been underrepresented in NASA-related fields to have a large impact on university's human resource development. Currently MFDC and SPACE labs support over 30 graduate and undergraduate research assistants in mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science.