Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA)

Alarmed at the low level of academic achievement of the young students in his district, then U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes advocated the creation of a unique program focused on the areas of mathematics and science. Consequently, the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) was established in Cleveland in 1993 as a joint venture between NASA Glenn Research Center and Cuyahoga Community College. Since its inception, the program has been recognized as a nationally renowned leader in the efforts to increase the participation in and retention of historically underserved K-12 youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). SEMAA has now grown from a single site to a national organization with 24 sites in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The Albany State University NASA SEMAA site began operations in 2005 through the dedicated efforts of Congressman Sanford Bishop.