About Us

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 NASA Langley Research Center and the aerospace 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 Gateways to Blue Skies Competition is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Program Team

Please direct all inquiries to the Gateways to Blue Skies Program Team at BlueSkies@nianet.org

Shelley Spears

Program Director

Stacy Dees

Program Manager

Janice Kurbjun-Miller

Senior Program Coordinator

Victoria "Tori" O'Leary

Senior Program Coordinator