AU-techcenter

11/18/99

Mitch Emmons, 334/844-5741

AUBURN JOINS OTHERS IN NATIONAL SPACE RESEARCH INITIATIVE

AUBURN -- Auburn University has joined with five other Alabama universities in the Huntsville-based National Space Science and Technology Center, with a focus on making Alabama more competitive in space science research.

The cooperative also includes the University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and Alabama A&M University.

The program operates under NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

"Research through the center will involve university and NASA employees," says Henry Brandhorst, interim director of Auburn's Space Power Institute and director of the NASA-sponsored Commercial Space Center for Space Power and Advanced Electronics. "It provides a way to partner with other universities under NASA sponsorship, making Auburn more competitive and giving the university a continued presence at Marshall."

Brandhorst says that opportunities through the center include a wide range of research areas, from biological systems, to veterinary medicine, physics, aquaculture and aviation.

"This program provides especially good opportunities for post-doctoral research," he added. "The idea is to foster inter-disciplinary, inter-collegiate research. The focus is broader than just space and space power."

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CONTACT: Brandhorst, 334/844-5899.