Experts from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will be at Youngstown State University on Thursday, Dec. 5 as part of the “NASA Roadshow” to provide no-cost engineering consulting for four area companies that are facing technical and manufacturing challenges.
The four local companies, all of which had previously applied for consulting support, were selected by an independent panel, based on the synergies between NASA Glenn technical expertise and the companies’ technical challenge. Applications for technical assistance were then reviewed by representatives from NASA Glenn and matched with NASA subject matter technical experts.
The confidential consulting sessions will be held in YSU’s Kilcawley Center, followed by a networking luncheon with representatives from YSU, NASA Glenn, MAGNET (Manufacturer’s Advocacy and Growth Network), and the selected companies. Featured luncheon speaker is Antonio Riley, administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Region V, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Riley serves as HUD’s liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, congressional delegations, stakeholders and customers. He oversees the delivery of HUD programs and services to communities, as well as evaluating their efficiency and effectiveness. He is one of 10 regional administrators in the nation.
The NASA Roadshow at YSU is the first event of its kind in Youngstown, and is presented by YSU; NASA; the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative; MAGNET, a nonprofit organization that promotes manufacturing in the 18-county northeastern Ohio region; and MAGNET’s Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers (PRISM) program.