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NIA News Release: 2016-03 NIA Samuel P. Langley DISTINGUISHED Professor from UMD Elected to National Academy of Engineering

NIA News Release: 2016-03 NIA Samuel P. Langley DISTINGUISHED Professor from UMD Elected to National Academy of Engineering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         February 23, 2016

Harla Sherwood

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

757-636-6300

harla.sherwood@nianet.org

 

NIA Release: 2016-03

 

NIA Samuel P. Langley DISTINGUISHED Professor from UMD Elected to National Academy of Engineering

 

Dr. James E. Hubbard, Jr., National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor from the University of Maryland (UMD), has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded to an engineer.  Dr. Hubbard is one of 80 new U.S. members, bringing the total U.S. membership in the Academy to only 2,275.  Candidates are elected to the NAE membership by their peers who are current NAE members.

Professor Hubbard was recognized as the key pioneer in developing piezo-film sensors and piezo-electric actuation systems for smart structures and materials applications, as well as for his extensive contribution to aerospace engineering in the field of smart structures – initially as a faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), then as an industrialist for a number of successful high technology start-ups, and now for contributions during his current role as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland in residence at NIA.

Dr. Hubbard’s career has spanned some 30 years. His work has resulted in multiple patents which have demonstrated the efficacy and practicality of the techniques that he and his students have developed over the years. These techniques have been viewed as innovative and revolutionary by his colleagues. In recognition of these accomplishments, the University of Maryland named Dr. Hubbard the University of Maryland Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor at the National Institute of Aerospace. Dr. Hubbard received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1977, Master of Mechanical Engineering in 1979, and Doctor of Philosophy in 1982 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Hubbard began his professional career in the early 1970’s as a United States Coast Guard licensed Marine Engineer with an unlimited horsepower rating to operate steam and diesel plants on ships. He was invited to join the faculty at MIT and conduct research in the area of active vibration control of structures. Hubbard held senior research positions at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Optron Systems, Inc., Boston University, and PhotoSense, Inc. before coming to UMD a decade and a half ago. He has received the Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award; SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering Smart Structures Product Innovation Award; four Charles Stark Draper Engineering Vice President’s Annual Award’s for Best Technical Patent, Best Paper, Best Invention, and Significant Patent Award; and the IBM Young Faculty Development Award. A Fellow of the Vertical Flight Foundation, Dr. Hubbard was selected in 1984 as a NASA Astronaut Candidate, and in 2000 was given “The Key to the City” in his hometown of Danville, Virginia for Lifetime Achievements and Community Service. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and well as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has more than 100 technical publications, 24 U.S. and Worldwide patents, and has served on numerous technical Boards and Committees.

New NAE members will be officially inducted on October 9, 2016.

 

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NIA News Release: 2016-02 NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE AND NEWPORT NEWS PUBLIC SCHOOLS PARTNER THROUGH NASA SCIENCE GRANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         February 10, 2016

Harla Sherwood

National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

757-636-6300

harla.sherwood@nianet.org

 

NIA Release: 2016-02

 

National Institute of Aerospace and Newport News Public Schools partner through NASA Science grant

 

The National Institute of Aerospace, NIA, was 1 of 27 organizations nationwide to receive funding through a K-12 cooperative agreement award from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. NASA eClips 4D Multi-Dimensional Strategies to Promote Understanding of Science: Design, Develop, Disseminate, and Discover, will focus on national student misconceptions in science and use student produced videos to increase understanding of science content to students, lifelong learners, informal audiences, and the general public

 

NIA engaged several partners for the proposal. Newport News Public Schools, NNPS, in Virginia will produce video content, create authentic STEM experiences for students, and serve as a pilot group to field test the new resources.  Students in the NNPS Television Program will work with NIA educators and video production specialists to produce the short video assets, which will be added to the online suite of NASA eClips resources.  NIA educators, including the NNPS Educator-in Residence, Tami Byron, will create and facilitate professional development for educators, both in the local area and across the nation through face-to-face instruction and virtual opportunities.  “Newport News Public Schools is pleased to be part of this cooperative effort to introduce more students to STEM careers,” said Dr. Ashby Kilgore, superintendent of schools. “NNPS has embarked on an aggressive STEM education initiative that prepares teachers and students to take full advantage of local STEM opportunities. We are looking forward to this great partnership.”

 

The Virginia Latino Higher Education Network, VALHEN, will serve as a primary partner to assist with the approval and distribution of Spanish translations of the student-produced videos. NIA has also teamed with Class Flow, a leading lesson delivery platform from Promethean, to develop and disseminate interactive lessons to connected classrooms across the country, and with The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program, GLOBE, to provide authentic data and data collection experiences for students.

 

“The educational outreach team at NIA’s Center for Integrative STEM Education is excited to begin developing, evaluating and disseminating new NASA eClips educational products that will augment our existing suite of awarding winning NASA eClips videos, educator guides and classroom resources. I am particularly excited to work with Newport News Public School students on the design and delivery of the new videos. Not only will they experience authentic learning, but their unique perspective will also help ensure that our products are relevant and relatable to students,” said Shelley Spears, Principal Investigator, NASA eClips 4D.

 

NASA eClips 4D builds on the proven and effective multi-media educational program, NASA eClips, educational videos and educator guides developed and produced by NIA for NASA since 2008.

 

To view a list of the 27 selected organizations, along with an introductory video from Dr. John Grunsfeld, Astronaut and Associate Administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/list-of-science-education-partners-for-nasa-stem-agreements/

 

For more information about NASA eClips, visit: www.nasa.gov/nasaeclips

 

For more information about the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network, visit: www.VALHEN.org

 

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NIA News Release: 2016-01 NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE, ROCKET21 AND NASA INVITE GEN Z YOUTH TO HELP IN PLANNING THE JOURNEY TO MARS

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE, ROCKET21 AND NASA INVITE GEN Z YOUTH TO HELP IN PLANNING THE JOURNEY TO MARS

 

Hampton, VA, The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Rocket21 today announced the final phase of Journey to Mars Voices Challenge, a series of innovative activities and competitions designed to engage middle and high school youth in learning about and helping to solve challenges that must be overcome to make the Journey to Mars a reality.

After learning about NASA’s plans for the Journey to Mars and the obstacles that must be overcome to make this journey, middle and high school students are invited to share ideas and solutions to the challenges that will be faced in this monumental journey.

Participating students complete several milestone challenges, including the submission of an original script and a 90-second podcast in response to the Challenge topics

“Generation Z youth will be the planet’s FIRST to witness human spaceflight to Mars, and we are delighted to provide an opportunity for these students to have a voice in planning the Journey to Mars,” noted Harla Sherwood, NIA Director Communications and Partnerships.

Two students will be selected as National Grand Prize Winners, representing Gen Z Youth at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Twelve National Finalists will be invited to share their final podcasts on Innovation Now, a broadcast and online radio program (www.innovationnow.us), reaching approximately 10.5 million listeners daily.

In addition, more than one hundred prizes including merchandise and cash prizes will be awarded throughout the project, as a result of ten MARS Monday Drawings. To date, 70 students from 14 states (including California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) have been awarded with MARS Monday prizes.

“The opportunity to bring this set of rich opportunities for students to engage in real-world problem solving with world-class experts is a strategic bullseye against our mission to help students THINK BIG. DO MORE,” added Jodell Seagrave, President & COO Rocket21.

Final submissions must be received by February 29, 2016.

For more information about the Journey to Mars VOICES Challenge, visit http://rocket21.com/journeytomarschallenge

To find NASA resources to complement the challenge, including hands-on activities, educator professional development opportunities, and videos about NASA’s Journey to Mars, visit http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/education

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