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 BIG Idea Challenge is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace on behalf of the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Program Staff

Please direct inquiries to the BIG Idea Program team at bigidea@nianet.org.

shelleyspearsShelley Spears
Program Director
1100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23503

stacydeesStacy Dees
Program Manager
1100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23503

victoriaoleary Victoria O'Leary
Program Coordinator
1100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23503

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