Director’s Corner

Welcome to the NASA Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) website! We hope that you will take the time to peruse the site, and discover all that we have to offer to achieve our goal of developing a strong Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) base in Ohio.

Also, please take a look at the picture. Do you recognize the subject of the photograph? Yes, you are correct. It is a Saturn V rocket on the launchpad, ready for liftoff. In fact, this particular rocket happens to be that of the Apollo 11 mission. This picture was taken in July of 1969, by an eleven-year-old boy with a Kodak Instamatic camera, through the window of a tour bus. He was on a vacation with his family, and the picture was taken just days before Apollo 11 launched to keep its appointment with history as the first mission to land humans on the surface of the Moon. A tour of Cape Kennedy was the highlight of the vacation for this young boy, something that he never forgot, and a key event in his life that propelled him into a career in the field of aerospace engineering.

As I write this, in 2019, we are approximately one month from the date of the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing. Apollo 11 was a tremendous accomplishment, which could only be achieved through the efforts of men and women dedicated to the achievement of this goal. It was a group effort, requiring thousands of engineers, scientists, medical professionals, technicians, skilled craftsmen, and other occupations, working in harmony to succeed at this once unimaginable goal.

We now stand on the verge of even greater accomplishments, including continuous habitation of the Moon, as well as travel and inhabitation of other planets, supersonic air travel, and many more. To accomplish these goals will require a strong, growing STEM aerospace workforce. What an exciting time to be a young person pursuing an aerospace career!

Thus, we are here to promote the growth of this STEM workforce. Please contact us if you have any questions, and if we may be of assistance to you in your journey.

By the way, in case you were wondering, that eleven-year-old boy who took the picture of the Apollo 11 rocket was me! I have never forgotten that day, and I am very thankful to my parents for making the effort to encourage my interest in the aerospace field! You never know what incident might change a life!


Jed E. Marquart, Ph.D., P.E.
Ohio Space Grant Consortium

Jed E. Marquart, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, Ohio Space Grant Consortium
Phone: (419) 772-2384
Mailing Address:
Ohio Northern University
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810