NASA experts come to YSU to consult with area companies


Engineers and scientists from the NASA Glenn Research Center will be at Youngstown State University on Oct. 23 to provide free consulting advice for small- and medium-sized companies in the vicinity that may be facing technical challenges.

The meetings will be appointment in YSU’s Kilcawley Center. Companies must apply online by Sept. 25 at Companies chosen for consulting will be selected in early October.

“YSU is pleased to host this unique opportunity to engage NASA technical experts in solving industry’s most challenging engineering problems,” said Mike Hripko, director of Research and Economic Development for YSU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “Our team looks to assist area business to achieve substantial growth.”

“Our three institutions, joining together in support of manufacturing, serve as a great example of public-private collaboration working to create jobs and increase economic development in our region,” YSU President Randy J. Dunn said. “The collaboration between Youngstown State, NASA Glenn and Magnet will help to enhance our area’s manufacturing success.”

The NASA road show to YSU is the first of its kind. Applications will be reviewed by representatives from YSU and from Magnet and matched with experts from NASA, who will meet the companies on Oct. 23.

The program 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, or Prism, program.

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