Background, Mission, Vision and Goals
Ohio Aerospace Institute
The Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) was established in 1989 (along with the original Ohio 12-member universities) by the United States Congress, and is part of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program known as “Space Grant” administered through the Office of Education at NASA Headquarters. There are 52 consortia, one in each state, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Space Grant is a unique national network of colleges and universities working to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through scholarships, fellowships, higher education, research infrastructure, precollege (K-12), and informal education public outreach efforts. The Space Grant national network includes over 850 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, museums, science centers, and state and local agencies.
The OSGC is currently composed of 26 institutions of higher learning (18 universities [including 2 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)] and 8 community colleges), NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), the Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL), and various education outreach partners. The OSGC Program Office is located at the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) in Cleveland, Ohio, and is led by P. Ruby Mawasha, Ph.D., P.E. who serves as the OSGC Interim Director.
The Mission of the OSGC is to advance the Nation’s capability in STEM leading to the continued development of a diverse workforce through NASA-related collaborations within Ohio’s network of scientists, researchers, engineers, and educators at Ohio universities, the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), NASA Centers, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and industry that align with the National Space Grant Program goals and objectives. A key component of this activity is to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines with emphasis on increasing participation by women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities.
The Vision of the Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is to enhance opportunities for all Ohioans to participate in NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related research, education, workforce, and public service programs to build and sustain a diverse, well-prepared technical workforce for NASA and the Nation, and to lead in the promotion and development of aeronautics, space science and engineering, and earth science.
- Goal 1 - To develop a STEM workforce in Ohio through a comprehensive scholarship and fellowship program at universities and colleges, through internships and educator development programs, and to increase workforce diversity by support of underrepresented groups in higher education to prepare individuals for employment in various NASA-related STEM careers.
- Goal 2 - To support and integrate research and education for faculty and post-doctoral researchers within the State of Ohio through collaborations between universities and with NASA Centers, OSGC affiliates, the State of Ohio, the Ohio Aerospace Institute, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and STEM-related industry.
- Goal 3 - To encourage the development of new courses and programs that will broaden the availability of STEM curriculum throughout the State of Ohio, especially in rural areas, at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and community colleges, and strengthen existing STEM education programs at affiliate member’s schools through support for curriculum and course development.
- Goal 4 - To promote hands-on student projects and activities primarily in higher education activities that will excite, inspire, and engage diverse student populations to become involved in STEM education, ultimately to be integrated into the NASA pipeline and STEM career paths.
- Goal 5 - To work within our affiliate network with a focus on Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and community colleges, to ensure that NASA and STEM opportunities are presented, encouraged, and awarded in accordance with respect for the diverse population of Ohio.
- Goal 6 - To encourage and promote K-12 student interest in pursuing higher education STEM curricula by supporting the development of qualified STEM educators through scholarships and workshops, and provide access to NASA educational materials.
- Goal 7 - To encourage the development and focus of outreach programs, courses, and research projects that align with current areas of emphasis within NASA priorities, as well as the needs of the State of Ohio.
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