University Leadership Initiative (ULI) - Round 3 Awards

ULI - Round 3 (Selected in 2020)

(More information on each of the ULI awards is available at NASA TechPort, click on the award titles under the section "ULI - Round 3 Awards")


First Annual Meeting

All ULI awardees virtually hosted their first annual meeting (between August and December 2021) with their non-advocate peer reviewers and NASA.


Kickoff Meeting

With NASA in attendance, all ULI awardees hosted their virtual kickoff meetings in 2020.


ULI Virtual Presentations to Congressional Staffers

On Sep 30, 2020 Principal Investigators of the five Round 3 ULI teams virtually briefed congressional staff on their research topics, team approach, and expectations for their ULI experience.

  • Scott Broemsen, NASA Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (start)
  • Dr. John Cavolowsky, NASA Aeronautics, Director, Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (1:08)
  • Prof. Abdollah (Ebbie) Homaifar, North Carolina A&T State University (6:45)
  • Prof. Jamey Jacob, Oklahoma State University (20:55)
  • Prof. Marco Pavone, Stanford University (27:42)
  • Prof. John Gillespie, University of Delaware (36:19)
  • Prof. Paul Ziehl, University of South Carolina (47:28)


ULI-Round 3 Solicitation

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) announced a third opportunity for universities and their research partners to contribute toward NASA research goals. This opportunity is now closed.


ULI-Round 3 Awards

  1. Weather Intelligent Navigation Data and Models for Aviation Planning (Link to NASA TechPort)
    • PI: Jamey Jacob (Oklahoma State University)
    • Co-Is: Sean Bailey (University of Kentucky), Keith Brewster (University of Oklahoma, Norman), Phillip Chilson (University of Oklahoma, Norman), Carrick Detweiler (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), Brian Elbing (Oklahoma State University), Nicoletta Fala (Oklahoma State University), Imraan Faruque (Oklahoma State University), Adam Houston (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), Anders Jensen (NCAR), James Pinto (NCAR), Ryan Sobash (NCAR), Suzanne Smith (University of Kentucky), Craig Woolsey (Virginia Tech), Kraettli Epperson (Vigilant Aerospace Systems)
    • Topic: Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
    • Period of Performance: Aug 2020 - Aug 2024
    • Link: Oklahoma State University's ULI page
  2. Secure and Safe Assured Autonomy (Link to NASA TechPort)
    • PI: Abdollah Homaifar (North Carolina A&T State University)
    • Co-Is: Dan DeLaurentis (Purdue), Mark Costello (Georgia Tech), Ali Karimoddini (NC A&T), Inseok Hwang (Purdue), Dengfeng Sun (Purdue), Sam Coogan (Georgia Tech), Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis (Georgia Tech), John Kelly (NC A&T), James Goppert (Purdue), Yahya Kamalipour (NC A&T), Shaoshuai Mou (Purdue), M. Nabil Mahmoud (NC A&T), Judy Hoffman (Georgia Tech), Ioannis A. Raptis (NC A&T), Allison Sullivan (NC A&T), James Paduano (Aurora Flight Sciences), Bruce J. Holmes (Alaka’i), Damon Jenkins (General Atomics), Neta Ezer (Northrop Grumman)
    • Topic: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
    • Period of Performance: Aug 2020 - Aug 2024
    • Link: North Carolina A&T State University's ULI page
  3. Safe Aviation Autonomy with Learning-enabled Components in the Loop: from Formal Assurances to Trusted Recovery Methods (Link to NASA TechPort)
    • PI: Marco Pavone (Stanford University)
    • Co-Is: Mykel Kochenderfer (Stanford), Hamsa Balakrishnan (MIT), Frank Dellaert (Georgia Tech), Kevin Leahy (MIT Lincoln Laboratory), Meeko Oishi (University of New Mexico), Alessandro Pinto (United Technologies Research Center), Mac Schwager (Stanford), Zhao Sun (Hampton University), Claire Tomlin (UC Berkeley), Panagiotis Tsiotras (Georgia Tech)
    • Topic: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
    • Period of Performance: Sep 2020 - Aug 2024
    • Link: Stanford University's ULI page
  4. Composite Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Performance at Automotive Production Rates (Link to NASA TechPort)
    • PI: John Gillespie (University Of Delaware)
    • Co-Is: Shridhar Yarlagadda (University of Delaware), Dirk Heider (University of Delaware), John Geriguis (Joby Aviation), Scott Bishop (Spirit AeroSystems), David Leach (ATC Manufacturing), Patrick Mensah (Southern University)
    • Topic: Materials and Structures for Next-Generation Aerospace Systems
    • Period of Performance: Sep 2020 - Aug 2024
    • Link: University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials page
  5. Atoms to Aircraft to Spacecraft (Link to NASA TechPort)
    • PI: Paul Ziehl (University of South Carolina)
    • Co-Is: Wout De Backer (University of South Carolina), Darun Barazanchy (University of South Carolina), Jeffrey Wiggins (University of Southern Mississippi), Eric Jankowski (Boise State University), Gurcan Comert (Benedict College), Negash Begashaw, (Benedict College), Balaji Iyangar (Benedict College)
    • Topic: Materials and Structures for Next-Generation Aerospace Systems
    • Period of Performance: Jul 2020 - Jun 2024
    • Link: TBD


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