A professor in The University of Southern Mississippi's School of
Computer Science and Statistics is inspiring the next generation
of space explorers. Dr. Jim Miller, an associate professor of computer
science at Southern Miss' Gulf Park campus, has been selected to
participate in the NASA Faculty Fellowship Program (NFTP) at Stennis
Funded at $604,141
over three years, the grant will be shared between Southern Miss
and Southern University of Baton Rouge, and used to coordinate a
long-standing educational thrust that brings faculty members to
NASA sites for research opportunities. These experiences are designed
to provide university faculty with research and instructional tools
that will enrich their teaching practices, motivating students to
pursue careers in science, mathematics, technology and engineering.
a grant that puts us in a better position to compete for additional
research dollars from an agency such as NASA to be a very good grant,"
said Miller, who will serve in an administrative role for the program.
the Education Enterprise, the NFTP is a nationwide program promoting
the exchange of ideas between faculty and NASA employees. By engaging
minority and underrepresented faculty and students in its educational
programs, the program captures NASA's commitment to broadening the
participation of all citizens in the agency's mission.
to Dr. Miller and Southern Miss for receiving this honor,"
U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) said. "Dr. Miller is helping
to strengthen the credentials of an already well-respected faculty
at Southern Miss. I am sure this program will be mutually beneficial
and further the relationship between Southern Miss and Stennis."
at Stennis began in 1990 and has to date brought Southern Miss about
$2 million, Miller said, with about $500,000 coming in 2002-03.
One hundred thirty-five faculty members have participated at Stennis,
with 10 faculty members coming from Southern Miss.
the program involves faculty members in 10 weeks of on-site research
activity, it serves as a natural platform for additional funding
through NASA," Miller said.
to furthering the professional knowledge of qualified engineering
and science faculty members, other objectives of the NFTP include:
an exchange of ideas between participants and employees of NASA;
" contributing to the research objectives of the NASA Center;
and " providing faculty insight into NASA's future human resources
needs and education program opportunities for student engagement
in NASA research.