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| Audrey Gray | General STEM News

Membership in elite research organization highlights UTSA’s capabilities in space sciences

MAY 3, 2024 — UTSA recently broadened the sphere of collaborators in its space research enterprise by joining the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). The association facilitates cooperation between federal government, foreign governments, higher-education institutions and other organizations in the development and application of space-related science, technology and engineering programs. A supermajority of USRA’s Council of Institutions approved UTSA’s admission.

“Our admission to the Universities Space Research Association affirms our position as a prominent leader in space technology and exploration for the State of Texas as we continue to grow our academic programs and expand our strategic partnerships with key industry leaders like the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI),” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “As we work toward becoming a great public research university, our affiliation and collaboration with USRA will significantly advance our impact as both a knowledge enterprise and economic driver for the region and nation.”

USRA is a nonprofit organization chartered to advance space-related science, technology and engineering. USRA operates scientific institutes and facilities and conducts other major research and educational programs. An association of 120 university members, it engages the broader university community, including faculty, students, post-doctorate students, adjunct faculty members and other research organizations affiliated with universities. USRA employs in-house scientists and engineers, who work for USRA directly and are assigned to projects for NASA or other institutions. USRA also offers innovative research, development and project management expertise.

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