R&D Collaborations Program

The R&D Collaborations Program is designed to pursue, establish, and manage strategic R&D collaborations with academia, industry, not-for- profits, and other government organizations.

With this program, USRA’s R&D Collaboration Management team works closely with NASA Ames Directorates and PI’s to set up collaborations in leading edge technical research areas as prioritized by NASA. This involves creating processes for identifying, selecting, prioritizing and vetting opportunities; as well as subsequently managing them for sustained benefit to NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC).

These collaborations will provide cutting edge research and development to advance existing and new areas of research, and provide value and benefit the mission of ARC. On an annual basis, research areas will be prioritized, collaboration plans development, and successes documented and highlighted. The goal of the R&D Collaboration Program is to provide ARC with capabilities to fulfill mission requirements from fundamental research and development through field-test deployments and operational science missions.


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Upcoming Event: Aviation Data Science Short Course

This course teaches you fundamentals of reproducible data science and analytics, probabilistic reasoning & statistical inference, and machine learning to leverage data generated within the large scope of aviation and aeronautics.

Upcoming Event: Aviation Data Science Seminar and Video

As the number of air vehicles grows exponentially with unmanned aerial systems and the amount of data grows exponentially in civil aviation, the future holds more promise for a greater impact from advanced tools and techniques in data science and AI. This Spring, learn from experts in government, industry, and academia in a 12-seminar series, sponsored by USRA and UC Berkeley with NASA Ames Research Center. 

USRA Celebrates 50th Anniversary

USRA institutes and programs will celebrate USRA’s 50th anniversary on March 12, 2019. USRA was founded on March 12, 1969 in Washington, D.C. as a private, nonprofit corporation under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences. 

November 1, 2018
USRA-NAMS Staff Receive Ames Contractor Council Award

University Space Research Association NAMS staff received excellence awards at the 2018 Ames Contractor Council Excellence Award Ceremony. The award recipients were acknowledged at the ceremony by Ames Center Director Dr. Eugene Tu and were nominated by Dr. David Bell, Director of RIACS and NAMS Chief Technologist. 

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