CU-Boulder faculty researcher wins NASA Early Career cash award

By: Steve Thursday August 16, 2012 0 comments Tags: CU-Boulder, Michael Gazarik, NASA, Nicolaus Correll

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A faculty researcher at the University of Colorado at Boulder is one of 10 researchers nationwide selected by NASA to help advance its space priorities, the space agency announced.

Nicolaus Correll, an assistant professor in the university's computer science department, is the recipient of a grant of up to $200,000 per year and for as long as three years to support his work in specific, high-priority technology areas.

The selected faculty will conduct research in areas closely aligned with NASA's Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research Council, NASA said.

Priorities include extending and sustaining human activities beyond low Earth orbit, exploring the evolution of the solar system and potential for life elsewhere, and expanding human understanding of the Earth and the universe.

"It's an honor to announce this outstanding group of early career faculty researchers, representing some of the most talented new faculty from the best institutions of higher learning in America," said Michael Gazarik, director of NASA's Space Technology Program.

"NASA will benefit from the work these faculty researchers (will) conduct in unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies or concepts, while strengthening America's continued global leadership in the new technology economy."

NASA's Early Career Faculty efforts are an element of the agency's Space Technology Research Grants Program, designed to accelerate the development of technologies originating from academia that support the future science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies and the commercial space sector.

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