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San Jose State University and University of California, Santa Cruz are partners in the development of the UARC’s Systems Teaching Institute (STI). As NASA builds its future workforce, it needs professionally educated scientists and engineers with on-the-job experience akin to what a medical doctor receives in medical school. STI will serve science, technology, engineering and mathematics students as a teaching hospital serves medical students. Students will learn through direct experience on research projects where they examine realistic problems and data. STI will create accomplished new researchers by bringing together curriculum and practice.
The STI will develop and provide student resources and programs in support of research task orders assigned by NASA Ames Research Center to the UARC. In addition, the STI will provide for educational interaction among university faculty, students and Ames researchers, and work to develop future human resources in technology and science in those areas of particular importance to the NASA Ames mission.
As part of the UARC contract, an Aligned Research Program was established. The aim of the Aligned Research Program is to fund research by University of California faculty and students working in collaboration with NASA Ames scientists on research problems that are directly aligned with NASA Ames priorities.
STI will work closely with NASA Ames Research Center to provide education programs that: