On Wednesday, September 11th the California Space Grant Consortium Director, Dr. John Kosmatka, and Assistant Director, Tehseen Lazzouni, met with the NASA Space Technology Associate Administrator, Dr. Michael Gazarik, and his Chief of Staff, Michael Green. They discussed NASA Space Technology priorities and areas where the California Space Grant can work with the Space Technology Mission Directorate.
The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering, new technologies and capabilities needed by the agency to achieve its current and future missions. It accomplishes this through several vehicles, including merit-based competitions like the Centennial Challenges, Space Tech Research Grants in academia and industry, Small Business Innovation Research programs for small, high tech companies and research institutions, and the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship program, for which the FY14 program has just been announced. The California Space Grant looks forward to new collaborations with NASA STMD.