NASA to advance aerospace manufacturing through partnership with minority serving institutions

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.