On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the state of Houston’s aerospace industry with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
Many jobs were lost after the dismantling of Houston’s space shuttle program two years ago, but Houston’s aerospace and STEM fields have remained competitive.
Bonnie Dunbar, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Graduate Program in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Houston, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss the impact of the shifting space shuttle program and Houston’s demand in STEM fields.
“The Johnson Space Center, which is the only space center in the United States dedicated to both doing research on humans in space as well as developing human rated vehicles, has been maintaining its core expertise, and also performing a lot of partnerships with the community because they have an intellectual capital that’s not replicated anywhere else in the United States,” Dunbar said.
The private aerospace industry is growing rapidly, and there’s been talk of Texas becoming the center of the new technology and innovation, with several major companies looking to make the Houston area the home of their space transportation endeavors.
“We already have the only dedicated location with the expertise for training humans in space here at the Johnson Space Center and the medical center as well, so it’s a natural hub,” Dunbar said. “I think expanding the Ellingotn complex to include a space port, providing more university expertise and this rich NASA experience that makes us the logical place.”
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