by Mike Wiskerchen
If They Build It...
If students build a better spacecraft and send it into space, will the world beat a path to their door?Dr. Michael Wiskerchen, associate director of CalSpace at the University of California at San Diego, hopes so.His
science and technology workforce training program involves students in all aspects of planning and executing an Earth-observation space mission, from designing and building to launching.
An exciting feature, according to Dr. Wiskerchen
, is that "people are being trained, day one," as soon as the program begins , with the planning of the mission , the benefits start to be realized.
...Dr. Michael J. Wiskerchen is deputy director for the California Space Institute (CalSpace) at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and director of the California Space Grant Consortium (NASA sponsored K-12, undergraduate, and graduate educational program).His
recent efforts at UCSD
have been focused on the development, application and operations of space related projects involving an alliance between industry, university, and government partners.
...Dr. Michael Wiskerchen, Director, California Space Grant Consortium Deputy Director, California Space InstituteCalifornia Space Grant ConsortiumNational Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Established in 1988 by Congress and administered by NASA; 52 Consortia (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, D.C.).