UAH and CATHALAC promote the transfer of knowledge and technology

Published: May 06 2009

(Huntsville, Alabama) On May 5th, 2009, the President of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, U.S.A. (UAH), Dave Williams, and the Director of the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean, Emilio Sempris, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the purpose of supporting the promotion of sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dave Williams and Emilio Sempris sign MOU

The agreement establishes a framework for cooperation between the UAH and CATHALAC with the purpose of developing activities and projects that encourage research, education, and technology transfer, in themes related to water resources and environmental management, which address the threats that can arise from the effects of global climate change.

Williams, Tom Sever, Dan Irwin and Sempris The initiative of subscribing the Memorandum of Understanding between CATHALAC and UAH, emerged in light of the conjunct mission of UAH and the Marshall Center of Spatial Flights of the National Aeronautics Spatial Agency (NASA), visit that took place from the 14th to the 17th of January of the present year in CATHALAC´s offices in Panama City.

CATHALAC is an international organization at the service of the region of the humid tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean, and whose purpose is the promotion of sustainable development through applied research and development, education, and technology transfer of water and environmental resources, facilitating the means for the betterment of the quality of life in the countries of the humid tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The UAH is recognized for its engineering and science programs, especially in Astrophysics and Atmospheric Science.  The scientists of UAH managed the first “commercial” programs of non-governmental spacecrafts of the United States.  The first superconductor of “high temperature” was discovered at UAH, as well as the first elevated experiment aboard the soviet station MIR.

For more information visit and or or contact:

Jennifer Croston
International Cooperation and Development Officer
Telephone + 507-3173200 ext. 245
Fax +507-3173299

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