EL SERENO — NASA has awarded a $5-million grant to train a new generation of scientists and engineers at Cal State L.A. as part of an effort to expand the nation’s ability to conduct aerospace research and development.
The university will use the five-year NASA grant to establish a Data Intensive Research and Education Center to create academic and research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Cal State is currently accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students to fill 13 research positions in the center for fall 2015, said spokeswoman Margie Low. Students and faculty will focus their research on topics – such as hydrology and climate change, computational physics and cloud computing – that are related to NASA’s mission.
The new grant, made under the space agency’s Minority University Research and Education Project, will expand the NASA-related research already underway at the El Sereno campus, which had previous received $11 million in grants to fund two laboratories.
“With rapid development in scientific research technologies for handling massive data, there is a pressing need to train a new generation of scientists and engineers with skills in scientific computing and data analysis,” said Hengchun Ye, a geosciences professor and department chair.