Loyola University, NASA partner to commercialize Stennis Space Center technology _lowres

Photo provided by NASA -- In the front row, from left, are Ashley Francis, director of graduate programs at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Business; Stennis Space Center director Rick Gilbrech; and Bill Locander, dean of the Loyola College of Business. In the second row are Kevin Pollard, executive mentor at Loyola; Stacy Savoie, Loyola MBA student; Duane Armstrong, chief of NASA applied science and technology projects at Stennis; Jon Atkinson, Loyola College of Business professor; Mike Guerrere, Loyola MBA student; and Lauren Underwood, technology transfer partnership manager with NASA's Engineering and Test Directorate at Stennis.

Loyola University’s College of Business is partnering with NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi, to commercialize a new technology patent, Loyola and NASA announced.

Students from Loyola’s Master of Business Administration program will review the center’s patented technologies and choose one to promote. Then, they will work with Stennis engineers to provide communications, marketing and business-planning strategies for that technology, starting in the spring.

The partnership is part of NASA’s Technology Transfer University initiative, which seeks to help business students use NASA intellectual property to spur economic development.

Loyola is one of a few schools in the United States to have signed a deal with NASA.

“This kind of effort is built on the understanding that NASA technology not only enables space exploration but impacts and benefits all areas of daily life,” Stennis Center Director Rick Gilbrech said. “We are proud to work with Loyola and look forward to a successful partnership.”

To read more about Loyola’s business programs, visit www.business.loyno.edu/mba/.