Dr. Ossama Abdelkhalik will represent Michigan Tech at the Universities Space Research Association’s Council of Institutions Region VI meeting April 29-30.
USRA is a private, nonprofit corporation founded in 1969 under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences. Its current membership consists of 104 universities in the U.S. and abroad that have graduate programs in space-related sciences and/or engineering.
USRA focuses on space-related technical competencies with the goal of expanding knowledge and developing technology for the benefit of the academic community, space-related industries, and NASA’s mission to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research”.
The corporate authority of USRA is vested in its 104 member universities through the USRA Council of Institutions, comprised of a representative from each member institution. All USRA member institutions have graduate programs in the space sciences or aerospace engineering. There are 95 member institutions in the United States, two in Canada, two in England, one in Germany, two in Israel, one in Australia, and one in China. The member institutions are divided into nine regional groups, with the nine non-U.S. members forming their own region.
Every three years, USRA appoints Regional Secretaries to represent their region’s institutional membership in a variety of organizational matters