For Immediate Release
March 3, 2010
Contacts: Millree Williams, 301 405 4621 or email@example.com
Maryland and NASA Goddard To Sign Long-Term MOU
- WHO: Officials from the University of Maryland, College Park and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- WHAT: Signing of a Long-Term Memorandum of Understanding for Joint Partnerships and Collaborations
- WHERE: UM Main Administration Building
- WHEN:Thursday, March 4, 2010, 11:30 a.m.
The University of Maryland, College Park and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for many years have enjoyed productive working relationships and made effective use of combined resources to address collaborative interests. The institutions believe a guiding agreement will enhance their abilities to collaborate by providing each institution easier access to the personnel and facilities of the other, and by allowing easier identification, development, and implementation of future partnerships.
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is intended to serve as such a guide, recognizing that the two institutions can enhance and strengthen individual collaborations, as well as identify new joint efforts, especially of a cross-disciplinary nature.
The MOU contains a range of objectives, including:
* Promoting the implementation of revolutionary initiatives in science and engineering that involve cutting-edge technologies and require interdisciplinary participation of the highest caliber of personnel.
* Attracting and retaining scientific and engineering talent, including graduate students, post-doctoral research associates, and full-time scientists and engineers.
* Leveraging resources by combining the efforts of the two institutions for the development of new scientific and exploration missions, research partnerships, laboratories, and computational, visualization and data facilities.
* Promoting the efficient use of seed funds for novel high-risk, high-payoff ventures.
* Developing curricula and degrees that meet the mutual interests of the two institutions.
* Exploring mechanisms to increase the participation of NASA Goddard employees in research and education AT the University of Maryland, and increasing the participation of Maryland faculty and students in Goddard projects.
* Facilitating and promoting interactions with and technology transfer to industry.
Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr., President, University of Maryland
Mr. Rob Strain, Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Nick White, Director, Sciences and Exploration Directorate Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Melvin Bernstein, Vice President for Research, University of Maryland
Dr. Steve Halperin, Dean, College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Maryland
- MEDIA CONTACTS:
Millree Williams, University of Maryland, 301-405-4621
Ed Campion, Goddard Space Flight Center, 301-286-0697