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H.G. Heinrich Parachute Systems Short Course
NIA is pleased to present this parachute systems course organized by the AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems (ADS) Technical Committee. Slated for May 31-June 5, 2020, the course presents a systems approach to the design and engineering of parachute systems.
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Hampton Middle School Girls get Boost From Aerospace Mentors
NIA research engineer, Dr. Heather Kline, and Hampton City School Educator in Residence at NIA, Betsy McAllister, were recently featured in the Daily Press and on MSN.com for their inspirational work with girls at local schools.
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Australian Smoke Reveals Unique Data
NIA senior scientist, Jean-Paul Vernier leads a NASA disasters team that uses Earth observations to improve prediction of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters. In this feature, he speaks to the unique data observed from smoke rising from the recent fires in southeastern Australia.
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Spring 2020 flightPlan Accelerator
The Smart Airport and Aviation Partnership (SAAP) is hosting its first accelerator cohort in early 2020. With guidance from NIA and other partners, game-changing aviation professionals will work with participants on innovative growth strategies. Applications due by Feb. 28, 2020.
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NASA iTech's Ignite the Night TAMPA 2020 Presenters Announced
Innovation takes place everywhere. NASA is creating more opportunities to connect with innovators and enthusiasts directly. Ignite the Night TAMPA 2020 will take place on Feb. 11, 2020.
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NIA Researcher Works to Protect Astronauts on Upcoming Artemis Missions
NIA Human Factors Research Scientist, Julie Hanson is project technical lead and human factor psychologist/engineer for a NASA team developing a next-generation garment to protect astronauts against solar particle events. As an expert on how people interact with technology, she says “We need to keep that in mind when designing.”
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Diskin Promoted to NIA Senior Research Fellow
Prof. Diskin is the institute’s first full-time researcher on staff to earn this title.
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Gupta Named IEEE Fellow
Professor Mool Gupta, University of Virginia Langley Distinguished Professor at the National Institute of Aerospace, has been named an IEEE Fellow, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He is being recognized for contributions to laser material interactions.
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Nishikawa Chosen as AIAA HRS Engineer of the Year
“For innovative, seminal contributions to the theory, implementation, and verification of novel computational approaches to the solution of aerodynamics equations in practical CFD codes”
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Now Offering for Spring Semester 2020: Advanced Engineering Acoustics
Led by Virginia Tech Samuel Langley Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Dr. Chris Fuller. Available as an NIA course member university cross-registration.
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NIA Associates Receives 2019 Best of Hampton Award
The annual awards program honors the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Hampton Roads area.
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NIA Named #3 Best Nonprofit in the U.S.
The Nonprofit Times joined with Best Companies Group to honor NIA for creating a quality workplace for employees. NIA ranks third nationwide compared to organizations of all sizes in the list of "2019 Best Nonprofits To Work For."
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NIA Media Production Spotlight

NASA 360: Super Speedy Spacecraft

Spacecraft aren’t slowpokes. But how fast could they go? Researchers are investigating a way to send a spacecraft soaring at speeds over 50,000,000 miles per hour. NASA 360 takes a look at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) study called Self-Guided Beamed Propulsion, a revolutionary system for sending spacecraft out among the stars.
To learn more visit: https://go.nasa.gov/360lmoc.

To watch the in-depth presentation about this topic please visit the 2019 NIAC Symposium Livestream site: https://bit.ly/2O9XaJ8.

Registration is now open for the
H.G. Heinrich Parachute Systems Short Course
May 31 – June 5, 2020.