Cal State Fullerton Hosts NASA
Administrator’s Fellowship Program
October 15, 2004 :: No. 60
|Tracy E. Caldwell
Faculty members from throughout the region
are being asked to look to the stars — and consider applying
to become a NASA Administrator’s Fellow.
The national program is designed to enhance the professional
development of faculty members in mathematics, science, engineering
and technology at colleges and universities designated as minority-serving
institutions. Fellows in the program have opportunities to work
with NASA and other government officials, participate in NASA research,
development and education programs and learn about scientific and
engineering research methods.
Since its inception in 1997, only one faculty member
from California has been awarded a NAFP fellowship — Shahin
Ghazanshahi, professor of electrical engineering at
Cal State Fullerton.
A regional program will be held at Cal State Fullerton
Oct. 20-21 to increase awareness of the opportunities and rewards
of becoming a member of this select group. It is geared for faculty
and administrators from CSU and UC campuses, community colleges
and private institutions of higher education. Keynote speaker will
be Cal State Fullerton alumna and NASA astronaut Tracy E. Caldwell
(B.S. chemistry ’93), who will return to her alma mater to
address a Wednesday, Oct. 20, luncheon gathering of faculty members.
“This is a significant recruitment event during
which time NASA administrators and researchers can meet talented
faculty members interested in learning about the NASA Administrator’s
Fellowship Program,” said Linda Patton, director of grants
and contracts for Cal State Fullerton. She will welcome members
and provide an introduction to the Regional Awareness Day program.
“It’s wonderful to have an organization
like NASA coming to campus, creating an awareness of what programs
the agency has to offer and sharing the range of opportunities we
can participate in,” said Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of the
College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Such events
have importance for a variety of reasons, including helping faculty
members understand the special character of NASA’s research
Scheduled speakers include Gilbert A. Knowles, project
manager of NASA’s Administrator’s Fellowship Program,
and representatives from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Dryden
Flight Research and Ames Research centers.
Also speaking will be Ghazanshahi, who was among six
in the nation named a 2004 Administrator’s Fellow. Since August,
she has been conducting research at the Goddard Space Flight Center
in Greenbelt, Md. The center is responsible for remote-controlled
earth orbiting and sounding rocket missions, including instrument
design and development, spacecraft engineering, satellite tracking,
communications, and data acquisition and interpretation.
“My experience with the NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center is exposing me to new ideas, technology and practical applications
of engineering,” said Ghazanshahi, a member of the CSUF faculty
since 1985. “By taking part in the creation of new concepts
and design, I am gaining a greater understanding of cutting-edge
technologies and innovative thought, allowing me to better prepare
my students for the future of NASA and our industry.”
For more information about the program, call Cal State
Fullerton’s Office of Grants and Contracts at 657-278-2106.
|Media representatives are welcome
to attend the noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 luncheon featuring keynote
speaker Tracy Caldwell.
Please RSVP by contacting Pamela McLaren of Public Affairs
at 657-278-4852 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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