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The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research.

The VSGC acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing aerospace-related and high technology educational and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth and connecting Virginia's effort to national community of shared aerospace interests.

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New University Competition Guidelines Announced

Above: The 2017 ACRP University Design Competition winners traveled to Washington, D.C. in July to receive their awards.

New guidelines are available for the 2017-2018 ACRP University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. We hope that faculty will encourage university students to participate in the competition which offers open-ended, real-world challenges that cross many science, engineering and business disciplines, including computer science. This is often done as part of a capstone design course, for independent credit or as a student professional society project. VSGC manages the Competition on behalf of the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the National Transportation Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Students win cash prizes and the university receives special recognition. This year we have increased the award amounts for the first and second place teams. First place will receive $3000, second place will receive $2000, and third place will receive $1000. In addition to presenting their designs at an awards ceremony at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, first place winners will present at a fall national professional meeting relevant to their topic.

Guidelines for the 2017 - 2018 academic year competition are available here. Please share the guidelines with anyone that may be interested in participating in the program.

In addition to last year's extensive range of topics, the following new topics have been added; one in each of the four challenge areas:

  • Operation and maintenance procedures to enhance sustainability and resilience at airports.
  • Optimizing NextGen technology to improve runway safety in particular and airport safety in general.
  • Enhancing potential for resilience and sustainability of airport improvement projects in response to climate change effects or other naturally occurring catastrophic events.
  • Planning for the integration and mitigation of possible impacts of drones into the airport environment.
Please contact Sarah Pauls by email at if you have any questions or need additional information.

Virginia Teacher attends LiftOff 2017 Summer Institute

The VSGC sponsored Jessica Sain's attendance at NASA's Liftoff Summer Institute for educators in Houston this summer. You can read all about it on her blog.


Cybersecurity Video Series: Breaking the Code on a Career in Cybersecurity

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium has developed a free video series, Breaking the Code on a Career in Cybersecurity. Five short videos provide background on the importance of cybersecurity in our computer and data-driven world. Practicing cyber professionals across many disciplines talk about their work and their career paths, offering tips on how to prepare for a cybersecurity career. Links to other key resources are also noted. The programs showcase the wide range of cybersecurity jobs that involve the protection of our vulnerable systems from hackers. To view the video series click here.