NASA-MIRO: Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Space Technology &  Research at UDC (CAM-STAR)

The NASA-MIRO Center: CAM-STAR at UDC, will focus on research investigating various advanced manufacturing (AM) techniques and their application in Space Exploration Technology and Research. UDC is leading this effort in collaborations with

  • NASA Johnson Space Center’s subject experts
  • University of Maryland’s experts of nanomaterials
  • Clemson University’s team on lunar regolith,
  • Advanced Cooling Technologies’ ISO certified fabrication facilities
  • National Institute of Standards & technology’s sophisticated laboratories.



NASA-MIRO: CAM-STAR at UDC Research Capacity in AM * Additive Manufacturing * Nanomanufacturing * Space Exploration and Operation Technology and Materials UDC Advancement & Capacity Building * Strategic partnerships * Faculty Professional Development *Research facility enhancement * Additional funding opportunities Educational Innovation * AM-focused Curriculum * NASA-related Research experience * NASA-related Collaborative projects Recruitment & Outreach *DC-MD-Va Middle/High schools * U of MD, Clemson University, DC Space Grant Consortium, Trinity Washington University, Gallaudet University, Community Colleges

Aligned with the four MIRO Goals, our Center objectives include

  1. To advance UDC’s research capacity and STEM curriculum through integrating Space Technology-focused multidisciplinary research projects; and to provide experiential learning on Advanced Manufacturing to a diverse group of students and faculty;
  2. To become a premier research institution through initiating and strengthening UDC’s partnerships with NASA centers, nearby research universities, space-related industries, and neighboring federal research laboratories;
  3. To increase the awareness of UDC and partnering institutes’ faculty cohort and students on research and STEM engagement opportunities of NASA mission directorates;
  4. To attract, train, and retain a diverse group of students, primary students from under-represented and minority groups, to pursue their career on NASA related areas through Space Technology-related educational experience.



Dr. Jiajun Xu