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Space Force, Georgia Tech partner on STEM education, innovation

Lt. General Nina M. Armagno, U.S. Space Force director of staff, Georgia Tech Provost Steven W. McLaughlin and Georgia Tech Executive Vice President for Research Chaouki T. Abdallah participate in the signing ceremony making Georgia Tech the latest entrant into the Space Force’s University Partnership Program, Nov. 11, 2021, at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia. (Courtesy Photo)

Lt. General Nina M. Armagno, U.S. Space Force director of staff, Georgia Tech Provost Steven W. McLaughlin and Georgia Tech Executive Vice President for Research Chaouki T. Abdallah participate in the signing ceremony making Georgia Tech the latest entrant into the Space Force’s University Partnership Program, Nov. 11, 2021, at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia. (Courtesy Photo)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The U.S. Space Force established an agreement with the Georgia Institute of Technology Nov, 11, making Georgia Tech the latest entrant into the Space Force’s University Partnership Program.

Lt. General Nina M. Armagno, U.S. Space Force director of staff, joined Georgia Tech Provost Steven W. McLaughlin and Executive Vice President for Research Chaouki T. Abdallah to sign the agreement. The signing ceremony, which fell on Veterans Day, took place on Georgia Tech’s campus.

“At the heart of the Space Force’s University Partnership Program is the need to advance our science and technology to build the next generation of space capabilities, while developing the workforce of the future,” Armagno said. “With its reputation as a leader in cutting-edge aerospace research, we are confident that Georgia Tech will be an outstanding partner.”

Georgia Tech joins 11 universities selected for the U.S. Space Force University Partnership Program in fiscal year 2021. They include Howard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Purdue University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of North Dakota, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Texas at El Paso.

The institutions were selected based on four criteria: the quality of STEM degree offerings and space-related research laboratories and initiatives; ROTC program strength; diversity of student population; and degrees and programming designed to support military, veterans, and their families in pursuing higher education.

The signing ceremony was the culmination of a daylong campus visit for Lt. General Armagno and the Space Force delegation. In the morning, she met with Air Force ROTC students and gave a public talk at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs about the Space Force’s integration into the U.S. military. In the afternoon, she held a discussion with aerospace engineering students, toured the Space Systems Design Lab, and received an overview of the Georgia Space Grant Consortium and Aerospace Engineering Outreach.

“Georgia Tech is honored to be selected as a Space Force University Partnership School, and we look forward to collaborating in educating leaders for the aerospace workforce of the future,” McLaughlin said. “I am confident that we will continue to drive technological advancements for the U.S. Space Force, just as we have done for NASA and the Department of Defense.”