University of Tennessee’s new out-of-state space research center launches in Rocket City, Alabama

Source: Knox News | Article | April 11, 2022 |

The University of Tennessee is taking its space research across state borders and opening a new office in one of the United States’ premier cities for innovation.

The UT Space Institute Huntsville Research Center in Alabama will connect UT students and faculty with federal agencies and industry leaders. Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to research and develop technology alongside aerospace professionals and faculty in a real-world setting.

“Our faculty are doing fundamental research in laboratories, but the research doesn’t just stay there,” UT Chancellor Donde Plowman said at the announcement. “Our faculty are taking what they’ve learned, discoveries they’ve made in their labs where they solve problems, and they’re really working hard at making lives better here in Alabama, Tennessee, and around the world.”

University of Tennessee at Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman and Greg Brown, board chair for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, celebrate the opening of the UT Space Institute Research Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Huntsville, Alabama, known as “Rocket City” because it is a historic home to America’s space program, continues to be the center for rocket-propulsion research in NASA and the Army. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, U.S. Army post Redstone Arsenal and the second-largest research center in the nation Cummings Research Park, the space and science technology hub has more engineers per capita than any other city in the U.S.

And Huntsville is only 60 miles south of UT’s Space Institute in Tullahoma, Tennessee, the university’s research and innovation center for aerospace engineering and more. Several of its 2,700 alumni have become astronauts, chief scientists and engineering managers.

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