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Sires Recognizes Two Stevens Institute of Technology Undergraduate Teams Advancing to Finals of RASC-AL Competition

Apr 27, 2018
Press Release

(Washington D.C.) – Two teams of undergraduate students from Stevens Institute of Technology, under the direction of Dr. Eric Williams, will advance to the final stage of the 2018 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition to be held this June in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

“I am proud and impressed that Stevens will have not one, but two teams representing New Jersey this year among some of the best minds in the country. Their selection is a testament to their ingenuity, dedication, and passion for STEM, which will lead our country into the next generation of space exploration,” stated Congressman Sires.  

The RASC-AL Competition, managed by the National Institute of Aerospace on behalf of NASA, seeks to encourage university students at the graduate and undergraduate level to develop and design innovative solutions in deep space exploration through original engineering and analysis. The teams develop unique projects in response to one of four themes related to challenges of human spaceflight.

This year, eleven students from Stevens comprising two teams, have been selected to represent New Jersey among fourteen finalists in the competition. The teams will present their projects, the  S.A.B.R.E. Stage (Stevens Autonomous Block-2B Reusable Exploration Stage) and Project S.P.A.C.E. (Solar Powered Artificial Gravity Crewed Expedition), at the 2018 RASC-AL Forum on June 18-21.

“I am encouraged by the continued advances in science and technology developed by our nation’s students and wish the best of luck to these teams as they present their designs in the final stage of this competition. I have no doubts that these students will find success at whatever they choose to do in their future endeavors and am proud of their accomplishments.”