NASA Selects Top Three iTech Innovators for Continued Collaboration

NASA Selects Top Three iTech Innovators for Continued Collaboration

The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) welcomed the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist and the top 10 finalists of the second cycle of NASA iTech at the iTech Forum July 10 –14th, 2017.  During the forum, finalists presented their innovative solutions to NASA’s potential challenges for deep space exploration and challenges here on Earth. Innovators outlined solutions within the challenge focus areas of Autonomy, Big Data: Data Mining and Machine Learning, Medical Systems and Operations, Radiation Protection and Mitigation, and a fifth category, X-Factor Innovations: Solutions for Unspecified Future Challenges. Out of the 10 finalists, the top 3 innovators — Context Medical, Children’s National Health System/Omniboros, and University of Houston— were chosen by a panel of subject matter experts based on their relevance, likelihood of achievement and potential positive impact to both space exploration and life on Earth.

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National Institute of Aerospace Named in NonProfit Times 2017 Best Nonprofits to Work For


The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) was recently named one of NonProfit Times (NPT) Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in the United States. The top 50 nonprofits are chosen from data compiled from thorough organizational assessments. Each participating nonprofit completes a questionnaire and employees are asked to complete a confidential survey to rate company performance in categories such as leadership, planning, corporate culture, communication, role satisfaction, work environment, and relationships with supervisors.  These survey categories have been identified by NPT’s Employee Benchmark Report as the top 10 key drivers for employee satisfaction and company success.  NIA was also named as one of the NPT Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2014.

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University Students Mine for Water at NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge

For humans to survive on other worlds, they’ll have to harness the resources – like water – that exist there. A recent competition held at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, aimed to find ways of doing just that. Dozens of students from seven U.S. universities traveled to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, to see if their projects could extract water from simulated Martian subsurface ice.

The RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkages) Mars Ice Challenge was a special three-day competition June 13-15 that focused on technology demonstrations for in-situ – or in place – resource utilization capabilities on Mars to enable long-term human survival. “Mars is really the holy grail in our generation of what we’re looking for,” said Shelley Spears, director of education and outreach at the National Institute of Aerospace, which administers the event.

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