Lead Institution:

University of Illinois

Dr. Joshua L. Rovey
Director, Illinois Space Grant Consortium
Associate Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering
317 Talbot Lab MC 234
104 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801-2935
Telephone: (217) 300-7092
Fax: (217) 244-0720

Diane E. Jeffers
Associate Director
Department of Aerospace Engineering
308 Talbot Lab
104 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801-2935
Telephone: (217) 244-8048
Fax: (217) 244-0720

Affiliate Institutions:

Institution Contact
Adler Planetarium

Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase
Astronomer, Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: (312) 322-0311
Fax: (312) 322-2257

Bradley University

Dr. Shannon Timpe
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
315 Jobst Hall
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625
Telephone:  (309) 677-2708

The University of Chicago

Dr. Scott Wakely
Department of Physics
5640 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone: (773) 834-3249
Fax: (773) 702-6645

Chicago State University

Dr. Valerie Goss
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies
9501 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60628
Telephone: (773) 995-3892

City Colleges of Chicago

Phillip Vargas
Interim P.I.
Associate Professor
Department of Physical Sciences
Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake St.
Room 903
Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: (312) 553-3076
Fax: (312) 553-5786

DePaul University

Dr. Bernhard Beck-Winchatz
Department of Physics, Department of STEM Studies
College of Science and Health
NASA Space Science Center for Education and Outreach
990 W. Fullerton Ave., Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60614
Telephone: (773) 325-4545
Fax:  (773) 325-4781

Discovery Center Museum

Sarah Wolf
Executive Director
711 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103
Telephone: (815) 963-6769
Fax: (815) 968-0164

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Andrew Dombard
Associate Professor and Head of Graduate Studies
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
845 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Telephone: (312) 996-9206
Fax: (312) 413-2279

Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Candace Wark
Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering
Armour College of Engineering and Science
Engineering 1 Building., Room 225B
3110 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616
Telephone: (312) 567-3209
Fax: (312) 567-7230

Northern Illinois University

Dr. John Shelton
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Building, Room 204
590 Garden Road
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: 815-753-9963

Northwestern University

Dr. Mel Ulmer
Department of Physics and Astronomy
2145 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208
Telephone: (847) 491-5633
Fax: (847) 491-3135

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Dr. Jeffrey Sabby
Associate Professor
Department of Physics
Box 1654
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1654
Telephone: (618) 650-2472


Strategic Plan


To enhance teaching and research participation to attract undergraduates to modern science and engineering.

  • Provide undergraduate training through fellowship and scholarship awards, emphasizing awards with a student research component.
  • Develop interdisciplinary courses, including introductory courses designed for undergraduate students not majoring in scientific or technological disciplines.
  • Develop advanced design and systems courses to provide linkage with graduate program.
  • Develop community college initiatives to promote continued progress in education.
  • Focus on involving underrepresented groups, women and persons with disabilities.
  • Help attract resources which will provide for high quality classroom and laboratory facilities.
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To provide strong academic training through research experiences focused on aerospace science and engineering.

  • Provide graduate student support in critical targeted areas through fellowships.
  • Capture new faculty participation in research with NASA centers.
  • Initiate inter-consortium disciplinary projects.
  • Implement research activities linked to industry.
  • Focus on involving underrepresented groups, women and persons with disabilities.
  • Collaborate with industry.


To enhance precollege students’ and the general public’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge.

  • Establish pipeline to education institutions of Illinois.
  • Enhance precollege teacher education programs with emphasis in STEM fields.
  • Provide information and activities to increase public appreciation for the direct and indirect benefits of NASA-sponsored research.
  • Focus on involving underrepresented groups, women and persons with disabilities.