The Center for Space Sciences and Technology (CSST) is the administrative unit for UMBC’s participation in the CRESST consortium. The University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) are our partners in the consortium.
The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology (CRESST), is a cooperative agreement between the three partner institutions and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland. The CRESST consortium currently has over 40 PhD astronomers and astrophysicists working within the Astrophysics Science Division at GSFC.
CSST was formed in 2006 and currently has over 20 UMBC research faculty, several of which are affiliated to the physics department. The research conducted by the members of CSST focuses on (i) Astrophysical Data Reduction, Interpretation & Archiving, (ii) Space Science Technology: Development & Calibration, and (iii) Theoretical Astrophysics: Simulations & Software.
CSST maintains close relations with (and is housed within) the Physics Department at UMBC. Combined, UMBC astrophysics faculty and CSST scientists contribute to the Undergraduate & Graduate activities (including the Undergrad & Grad internships) by teaching & mentoring students.