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NASA partners with UNA; students to reap benefits


In yet another university collaboration US space agency NASA has partnered with University of North Alabama (UNA) – a tie-up that is seen as a win-win situation for both the entities.

According to information revealed by UNA, the partnership with NASA will initially include the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, and will focus on attracting high-quality undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, management, marketing and entrepreneurship disciplines.

Through the partnership students will have the opportunity to gain entrepreneurial experience focused on how to conduct market analysis and commercialization methods on NASA patents. NASA, on the other hand, will benefit from the identification of new markets and commercial partners.

As part of the partnership, NASA will make selected patents available for UNA students enrolled in this program to conduct market analysis and prepare both a classroom presentation and a written report.

NASA officials were present at the UNA campus on February 7 to speak with various classes across campus. The day culminated with the official signing of the agreement between the two entities.

“The program is an innovative approach to engage students early on as undergraduates and employ nontraditional classroom methods to allow top students to engage in experiential learning,” said Dr. Santanu Borah, UNA professor of Management and Marketing. “The purpose of the path is to provide high-achieving students with the business knowledge needed to successfully manage high-tech businesses,” he said.