Academy Program Overview
The NASA Academy was founded in 1993 at the Goddard Space Flight Center
(GSFC), by Gerald Soffen, life-long pioneer and leader in space exploration,
research, and education.
In its first 9 years, 336 Research Associates have graduated from Academy
programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Ames Research Center
(ARC), Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and Dryden Flight Research
The objectives of
the NASA Academy are:
- To support and
enhance the general objectives and mission of NASA.
- To make available
to the selected students guided access to extensive resources at the
participating NASA Research and Space Flight Centers and their infrastructure,
science, technology, and organizational and managerial expertise.
- To provide a unique,
intensive, and rigorous educational and training curriculum related
to the organization of NASA, its in-house science and technology projects,
its collaboration with other National centers, industry, and academia,
and its extensive technology transfer programs.
- To facilitate
access to, and dissemination of valuable information on career development
paths, financial support, technical writing standards, intellectual
- To create an environment
that fosters creativity, personal initiative, and leadership qualities,
together with group mentality, teamwork, and professional ethics.
crew members sporting NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy T-shirts in space.
NASA Academy represents
an immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and training, for
students with various backgrounds and career aspirations of critical importance
to the national aerospace program.
The academic curriculum
balances opportunities for direct contact with advanced science and engineering
R&D and an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial,
social, and human issues faced by the current and future aerospace programs.
the Academy assures recruitment of meritorious students from previously
under-represented areas of the country, into leadership positions for
the aerospace programs of the future.
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