NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) awarded Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and partners (Morgan State University, I.M. Systems Group, Johns Hopkins University, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, and The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) a five-year Cooperative Agreement for Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) in May 2011. GESTAR conducts research collaboratively, mainly within GSFC's Earth Sciences Division, but also with Solar Systems Exploration Division, Office of Education, and Office of Public Affairs. Scientists and staff at GESTAR, in collaboration with NASA and other investigators, conceive and develop new space-based missions; provide mission requirements; conduct research that explains the behavior of Earth and other planetary systems; and create engagement media that tell NASA's story of exploration and discovery on Earth and beyond. In May 2016, NASA extended GESTAR for another five years (2016-2021) to the team of Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Morgan State University (MSU), I.M. Systems Group (IMSG), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), and Global Science and Technology (GST).
Prior to joining USRA, Dr. Corso was at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and served in several capacities during his four-year tenure (Acting Director of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, National Ocean Service Technical Director, and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the National Ocean Service). Before joining NOAA, he worked in industry, academic, non-profit, and other government settings. Dr. Corso holds a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Miami, and a B.S. in Earth sciences from Adelphi University.
Bill Corso, Director
Phone:410-740-6214 (USRA Office); 301-286-8580 (NASA GSFC)
Russell Berard, Business Manager
Phone:410-740-6233 (USRA Office)