June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Minorities in Engineering
12.1096.1 - 12.1096.6
NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program – A STEM Faculty Fellow’s Point of View
The NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program (NAFP) is a unique program designed to enhance the professional development of NASA employees and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) faculty at Minority Institutions (MIs). Through exposure to NASA-related research and facilities, STEM faculty can build relationships with key personnel at NASA and gain valuable experience to further their professional research and teaching goals. With this program, it will also increase the capability of MIs to respond to NASA’s research, development, and education needs.
As a current STEM faculty fellow, the author intends to outline and share some personal perspectives and experiences about applying the program as well as the program thus far with other STEM faculty at MIs who might be interested in the program. In this paper, the author highlights some of the benefits of the program and discusses how to get as many of the intended outcomes as possible out of the program. The author also includes opinions and suggestions from other fellows.
The benefits of NAFP to faculty are manifold, which may include but are not limited to:
• Access to NASA’s internal information networks; • Opportunity to learn about and expand upon knowledge of NASA’s technical and scientific needs; • Opportunity to demonstrate specific capabilities and technologies at MIs; • Opportunity to team-up with NASA researchers; and • Enhancement of undergraduate and graduate research at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
In addition, during the tenure of a fellowship, fellows receive a series of professional training courses designed by UNCFSP. Some of the topics covered by the professional training sessions include leadership development, strategic management, institutional advancement, and external relations and STEM policy.
After many years of teaching, research, and administrative experience at Alabama A&M University, a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), I was fortunate to have the opportunity to apply for the NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program (NAFP). I was even more fortunate to have been selected to become a NAFP fellow of Cohort 10. With the fellowship, I will be able to stay in a NASA Center, the Marshall Space Flight Center, for twelve (12) months to conduct research, expand my knowledge on current and future technical and scientific endeavors, and have many opportunities to interact and discuss these developments with other scientists and
Liaw, G. (2007, June), Nasa Administrator's Fellowship Program ? A Stem Faculty Fellow's Point Of View Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/1869
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