Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)
Purpose and Scope
The Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP) is a consortium of approximately 20 universities in the United States working a cooperative agreement with NASA to focus on addressing the technical challenges of the NASA Constellation Program. The CUIP’s technical portfolio is comprised of the following key technical areas, or virtual institutes (VIs):
• Thrust Chamber Assemblies (TCA)
NASA’s Glenn Research Center is responsible for managing
the CUIP for the Constellation Program. NASA centers heavily
involved in Constellation applications within these technical
areas collaborate extensively with the university researchers
at the task level. This collaboration is integrated within the
Constellation Program and occurs for Constellation Program Level
II Offices, the Crew Launch Vehicle Project, the Crew Exploration
Vehicle Project, the Lunar Lander Project, and other Constellation
Projects that are established over the course of the program.
The CUIP Management Team serves as the liaison or "courier" for
the project and its various entities, which are universities,
the government, and industry. While trying to position the tasks
to best meet the needs of Constellation, the Management Team
strives to equip each entity with the information required to
optimize its efforts.
The Management Team for the Constellation University Institutes Project is Ms. Claudia Meyer, CUIP Manager and Dr. Jeff Rybak, CUIP Deputy Manager. Their duties include business and technical integration of CUIP and cultivating technical relationships between the NASA stakeholders and university researchers. Contact them if you have any questions about the project.