Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium Helps Fund 9H Research Foundation Student Projects
February 25, 2021
LARAMIE, Wyo., February 25, 2021 – The Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium has allocated funds to help sponsor two Mechanical Engineering student teams from the University of Wyoming. The teams are building photovoltaic (PV) prototypes to be used in 9H Research Foundation’s Renewable Energy Facility. The Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium sponsors education and research programs in the state of Wyoming in support of NASA missions, serving as a link between citizens of the state and NASA programs. It is one of 52 consortia representing each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Programs include research fellowships and internships for students at the University of Wyoming and Wyoming community colleges, scholarship programs for community college students in STEM majors, grants for college and university faculty, and educational resources and programs for Wyoming K-12 students and teachers.
“One of the main goals of Wyoming NASA Space Grant is to provide opportunities for students in science and engineering to engage in hands-on STEM, so they can combine what they are learning in the classroom with actual real-life experiences. We are excited to partner with 9H Research Foundation and the College of Engineering in providing opportunities for students to explore the possibilities of renewable energy in Wyoming and beyond.”
– Dr. Shawna M. McBride, Director, NASA Space Grant & EPSCoR
9H Research Foundation is building a philanthropic Student Research Facility to Gift $10+ million in clean energy and in-kind support services to the University of Wyoming over the project lifetime (3MW Solar Facility). The Clean Energy Research Facility supports the creation of a world-class Renewable Energy Engineering Curriculum for the University. Providing hand-on research experiences, 9H is sponsoring 31 UW senior design students competing in a $5,000 renewable energy design challenge. To drive student innovation, 9H is also funding 7 student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects, as well as hiring student interns. In line with the Governor’s WIN Initiative, 9H is presenting a Business Model for the state: attract industry by providing them with solar energy, abundant Wyoming natural gas, a skilled workforce, and state tax incentives.
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