Nasa in kansas
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NASA in Kansas

Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program
Wichita State University
113 Wallace Hall
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0044
Phone: 316-978-3890
Fax: 316-978-3307




Public Law 102-58, passed in 1992, initiated the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities.

The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the NASA Space Grant Program.

Based on the availability of funding, NASA will continue to help jurisdictions achieve these goals through the NASA EPSCoR program. Funded jurisdictions will be selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition.)


The Kansas Space Grant Consortium, formed in 1991, is a member of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, a network of 52 Space Grant Consortia funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Kansas Space Grant Consortium is a partnership among NASA, the consortium members, and Kansas industry. The Consortium is involved in numerous national, statewide, and individual member activities.

Kansas Strategic Interests

State funded, independent, non-partisan, organizations (e.g., “Kansas, Inc.” and “Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation”) develop the Kansas Strategic Plan. The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation (KTEC) plays a critical role for the Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program. KTEC is chartered and funded by the State of Kansas for the purpose of making Kansas a leading location for high technology companies to flourish. KTEC’s mission is to:

“create and support Kansas enterprises through technological innovation and commercialization.”

Besides strategic guidance, KTEC regularly provides significant real dollar matching funds for all EPSCoR programs, including KNEP.

NASA Strategic Interests

The Vision for Space Exploration defines NASA’s Strategic Goals for the period 2006 through 2016. The 2006 Strategic Plan establishes the framework to advance NASA’s unique competencies in scientific and engineering systems to fulfill the Agency’s purpose and achieve the NASA Mission:

“To pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.”

Executive Committee

    Wichita State University, Lead Institution

        Contact: Dr. Scott Miller,

    Emporia State University

        Contact: Dr. DeWayne Backhus,

    Kansas State University

        Contact: Dr. Jim Guikema,

    Pittsburg State University

        Contact: Dr. Jim Lookadoo,

    University of Kansas

       Contact: Dr. Richard Hale,

“Some of the most exciting space education going on in this country is not coming out of Washington, or New York, or California, or even Texas. It’s coming from a place out in Kansas called the Kansas Cosmosphere.” —Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 17 Astronaut and the last man to walk on the Moon.

Industrial Affiliates   

    Raytheon Aircraft Company