Auburn University joins the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation’s University Consortium focused on space and national defense research

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Auburn University has partnered with the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation to join its University Consortium focused on tackling challenges in the areas of space and national defense. The inaugural team of academic institutions offers unique capabilities in advanced technologies, engineering prototyping, research and analyses.

“Auburn’s participation in this new consortium with our peer research institutions gives us the opportunity to work together to solve complex problems,” said John Mason, Auburn’s vice president for research and economic development. “VCSI is focused on collaborative research to meet critical needs of the federal government, and we are happy for Auburn to be a part of this strong coalition.”

Founded in Huntsville in 2006, VCSI is a technical nonprofit organization that works to further the mission of key governmental stakeholders through a regional consortium of academic institutions. In addition to Auburn University, the consortium consists of the University of Alabama, Alabama A&M and the University of Mississippi.

“We are excited to have Auburn join the VCSI University Consortium,” said Chris Crumbly, executive director of VCSI. “Our commitment to expanding academic engagement with the Huntsville technology community will benefit greatly from Auburn’s participation, and we look forward to the opportunity to showcase the important research ongoing at Auburn.”

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