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The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) is a non-profit research and graduate education institute created to conduct innovative aerospace and atmospheric research, develop new technologies for the nation and help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

NIA serves as a strategic partner with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the aviation community to enable research creativity and expand technology development opportunities. The Institute integrates research and graduate education while creating new government/academia/industry partnerships to solve tomorrow’s problems today.

The FAA Challenge is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Program Staff

Please direct inquiries to the FAA Challenge Program team at

shelleyspearsShelley Spears
Program Director

shannon verstynenShannon Verstynen
Program Manager

victoriaoleary Victoria O'Leary
Program Coordinator