Monday, April 9, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – Five NASA engineers and scientists from the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama, landed at Hostos on NASA Day (Wednesday, April 4, 2012) to give presentations and discuss careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Their first stop was a faculty and staff meeting in the faculty dining room, where they were welcomed by Hostos President Félix Matos Rodríguez, Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance.
“We are honored to have this group of distinguished scientists and engineers at Hostos to inspire and inform our students about exciting and rewarding careers at NASA and in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said President Matos Rodríguez.
The visitors from NASA were introduced by the following Hostos faculty members: Dr. Nieves Angulo, associate professor and coordinator of the engineering program in the mathematics department; Dr. Yoel Rodríguez, assistant professor and coordinator of engineering program; and Dr. Nelson Nuñez-Rodríguez, assistant professor and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.
“This wonderful collaboration between Hostos and MSFC scientists and engineers was born through a NASA-CIPAR grant in collaboration with City Tech of CUNY,” said Dr. Angulo. “Today, we are very proud to say that the collaboration has yielded an improvement in our curriculum for the STEM fields at Hostos, as well as involving our students in NASA-related research.”
The nation’s journey into space began more than 50 years ago at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where a dedicated group of engineers, scientists and business professionals continue to lead the development and testing of tomorrow’s flagship space vehicles, space systems and rocket engines. The Center pursues cutting-edge scientific discoveries that improve and protect lives on Earth and works to discover the secrets of the universe, increasing our understanding of the cosmos and Earth’s place in it.
The NASA group from Marshall included Monserrate Román, chief microbiologist, environmental control and life support systems program; José Román, aerospace engineer, thermal control design and analysis; Karen A. Cunningham, electrical power chief engineer, systems department, electrical power branch; Notlim Burgos, aerospace engineer, structural and mechanical design branch; and Hernando F. Gauto, environmental control system engineer, industrial system safety branch.
The NASA group presented a forum entitled “Students Looking Into Their Future” and met with students in the Savoy Multipurpose Room from 2:00 to 5:00 PM to discuss their work at Marshall and STEM careers.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY's four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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