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NASA offers assistance to Northeast Ohio companies



Published: Fri, December 6, 2013 @ 12:04 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Four regional companies got some assistance from NASA engineers through a collaboration of Youngstown State University, the NASA Glenn Research Center and the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network’s Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers.

Joe Shaw, of the NASA Glenn Research Center, said the center is reaching out to communities and companies to create new partnerships and strengthen existing ones.

“This is an important step on a journey our center is on,” Shaw said at a luncheon Thursday at YSU.

AT&F of Cleveland and Catacel of Ravenna were two of the companies.

Michael Forde Ripich, AT&F president, said the steel-fabricating company sought help from NASA for an engineering problem it encountered in developing a new product. The company’s plans deal with cryogenics — a field in which NASA has some notoriety.

Thursday’s sessions with NASA were free, and if companies opt to continue the relationship, they can enter a contract with NASA.

William Whittenberger, Catacel president, said his company wanted NASA’s assistance because computer models it developed weren’t working the way it thought they should. NASA has expertise in that area, he said. Catacel designs and manufactures catalytic heat-exchanging materials.

“This was a great opportunity for us to play into their expertise,” Whittenberger said.

YSU President Randy Dunn said such collaborations not only create opportunities for manufacturing companies but for students too, with internships and cooperatives.

Shaw said NASA wants to build sustainable relationships.

“To show that something that NASA did led to jobs — job creation, job retention,” he said.

Antonio Riley, administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Region V, which includes Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, told luncheon attendees that HUD is concerned about more than just housing.

“It’s also about job growth and economic opportunity,” Riley said.

The NASA Roadshow at YSU was the first event of its kind in the city, according to university officials.


Comments

1iBuck(208 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

hmmm, When I worked at a NASA research center, the engineers seemed to have plenty of work planned for several life-times. Since 1989, it seems like three-quarters of them have been dumped and large numbers having difficulty landing engineering jobs.

Now, SpaceX is launching geosynchronous commercial satellites, and while the remaining engineers at NASA, as ordered by the Obummer regime, are working to improve relationships with Muslims, in their spare work-time they're gadding about as contract consultants...

Meanwhile, tech execs are illegally bringing in aerospace engineers from Russia on B-1 visas (non-work visas for attendance at conferences), and whining about "STEM talent shortages" to get more H-1B visas, while only between one-third and one-half of new STEM grads are landing STEM jobs.

New "STEM" education programs are being created by federal and state grants in high schools and junior colleges and vo-tech schools.

Unemployment rates among STEM pros are running 2 to 3 times the full employment levels for these occupations and many more are "involuntarily out of field" in survival jobs.

There are a few things wrong with this picture... a bit of cognitive dissonance, a few apparent contradictions.

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