NASA has announced its Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is partnering with The Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) to provide students at minority-serving institutions with the education and experience necessary to address manufacturing needs in the US aerospace sector, the company said.
The MUREP Aerospace High-Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative will provide almost USD 1.5 million to fund curriculum-based learning, research, training, internships, and apprenticeships at three institutions to meet the growing demand for expertise and techniques in high-volume aerospace manufacturing.
During the next two years, these institutions will develop innovative opportunities for students to learn about designing and building aerospace parts using high-volume manufacturing practices, as well as supply chain management of those parts.
The selected institutions and their proposals are:
-Tuskegee University (TU), Alabama
-University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
-Virginia State University (VSU), Petersburg
For more than a decade, MUREP investments have enhanced the academic, research and technological capabilities of minority-serving institutions through multiyear grants. These institutions recruit and retain underrepresented and underserved students, including women, girls, veterans and persons with disabilities, into STEM fields.