NASA Roadshow treks to YSU to assist area manufacturers

nasaroadshow1png-5b7ad72a2bf38b1dApplication deadline is April 6 for Youngstown area manufacturers to participate in the NASA Roadshow, hosted by the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network and the NASA Glenn Research Center.

Through the Roadshow, experts from the NASA Glenn will be made available to manufacturers in the Youngstown-Warren region and surrounding areas in Ohio to solve technical challenges they are having with a new or existing product or with their manufacturing operations. The event was last at Youngstown State University in December 2013.

“This is a unique opportunity for manufacturers to access the brainpower, research capabilities and resources of NASA,” MAGNET President Daniel E. Berry said. “MAGNET and NASA have already completed similar Roadshow projects in Cleveland, Youngstown and Toledo and have helped a number of companies solve the complex problems and technical challenges they were facing.”

“NASA Glenn, working with our partner MAGNET, has enjoyed considerable success in planning and conducting one-day events in various regions of Ohio and the Midwest where NASA subject matter experts interact with selected members of the local manufacturing community and solve real world problems, applying their technical knowledge gained from conducting NASA mission work,” said Robert Shaw, director of Venture Development and Partnerships at the NASA Glenn Research Center. “We are pleased to be working with MAGNET again on the Youngstown Roadshow.”

Five local organizations are partnering with MAGNET and NASA Glenn to present this opportunity to the region’s manufacturers: YSU College of STEM; Youngstown Business Incubator; Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center; Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition; and the Youngstown–Warren Regional Chamber.

The expertise of the NASA experts cover basic engineering disciplines as well as the specialty fields that support the center’s core competencies: Propulsion Systems; Communications Technology and Development; Cryogenics; Materials and Structure for Extreme Environments; Physical Sciences and Biomedical Technologies; and Power, Energy Storage and Conversion.

Manufacturers with technical or operational problems related to engineering and these fields that are seeking to participate in this project to obtain assistance provided by NASA experts will need to apply, complete and submit a project application by Monday, April 6, 2015. Applications are available online at

Qualifying companies will be notified by mid-summer 2015. The single day of consulting services will be provided at an invitation-only NASA Roadshow event to be held late summer 2015. More details will be provided to those selected to participate.