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UB Expert Stresses Importance of US Space Program

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – An expert in mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo says it's important for the U.S. space program to continue despite this weekend's tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew.

For the UB community, the catastrophic shuttle accident is bringing back painful memories of the 1986 Challenger explosion. On board that flight was Gregory Jarvis, a graduate of UB's engineering school. One of those continuing Jarvis' legacy here is Dr. Eliot Winer, deputy director of the New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation, based on the North Campus.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Mark Scott's interview about Columbia and the importance of the space program.