HEDS-UP is a program of the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Texas Space Grant Consortium to link universities with the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) enterprise. One HEDS-UP a program invites university students to submit undergraduate and graduate engineering design projects to be presented at the HEDS-UP Mars Forum, held annually in early May. Three representative from each participating univerty are the guests of the Lunar and Planetary Institute for the two-day Forum. The Forum provides an opportunity for university design groups to share their studies with other schools and with NASA and Industry representatives. Thirteen universities, including undergraduate and graduate teams, participated during the 1999-2000 academic year. The program can be expanded to 20 participating teams for the 2000-2001 academic year. Presentations at the HEDS-UP Forum are judged by a team of NASA and Industry professionals and the winners are awarded handsome plaques in honor of their contribution. The Office of Space Flight's Advanced Project Office, in NASA Headquarters, provides financial support for HEDS-UP.
HEDS-UP also sponsored the NASA Means Business Program in 1999-2000. Six university teams were selected to participate in this program, which was aimed at the design of business plans and customer engagement strategies for NASA's HEDS program. The winning team is invited to present the results of their study at NASA's Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
You are invited to participate in one or both of these exciting programs.
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