Lead Institution:

University of Illinois

Dr. Philippe H. Geubelle
Director, Illinois Space Grant Consortium
Bliss Professor and Head
Department of Aerospace Engineering
306F Talbot Lab
104 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801-2935
Telephone: (217) 244-7648
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

DePaul University

Dr. Bernhard Beck-Winchatz
Astronomy Scientific Data Analysis and Visualization Program
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
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

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

Western Illinois University

Helena Lira
Assistant Director, Non-Credit Programs
School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach
6a Horrabin Hall WIU
Macomb, IL 61455
Telephone: (309) 762-9481

Scholarships and Fellowships

In 2016, the Illinois Space Grant Consortium awarded $79,000 in scholarships and $120,000 in fellowships in the following manner:

Institution Scholarships Fellowships
Illinois Institute of Technology $12,000 $30,000
Northwestern Illinois University $3,000 $10,000
University of Chicago $20,000
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $16,000 $20,000
Bradley University $9,000
DePaul University $9,000 $10,000
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville $3,000
University of Illinois at Chicago $18,000 $30,000
Chicago State University $9,000

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.