2018 marks DEVELOP's 20th year. What began with three student interns in 1998 has evolved into a national program engaging hundreds of participants and partners each year. Throughout 2018, DEVELOP will recognize this event with multiple events and activities. Stay tuned here for details!
DEVELOP Day will provide a regional opportunity for current DEVELOPers, alumni, advisors, partners and others to recognize DEVELOP’s 20th anniversary and each node's history and accomplishments. DEVELOP Day activities will take place throughout 2018.
The North Carolina – NCEI node will host its DEVELOP Day on March 23rd at the Collider. In alignment with ClimateCon 2018, DEVELOP teams from NCEI, Athens, Georgia, and Wise, Virginia will present their projects in a joint close out.
The Maryland – Goddard node will be recognize its DEVELOP Day on March 30th through multiple events. A Goddard-Langley joint spring term closeout will take place at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center.
The foundation for the DEVELOP Program began in the summer of 1998 when three student interns at the Langley Research Center co-authored a research paper titled The Practical Applications of Remote Sensing (Bauer et al., 1998). Concurrently, the Digital Earth Initiative, a federal interagency project dedicated to furthering humans' understanding of the planet, initiated an effort to increase public access to federal information about the Earth and the environment. With the shared focus of these two ventures, a proposal was submitted to combine the mission of NASA's Digital Earth Initiative and the Langley students' paper. This set the stage for the creation of a new student internship program within NASA, and in 1999 the DEVELOP Program was officially formed.
The early success of DEVELOP was due to the alignment of projects with the issues facing local and regional communities. DEVELOP gradually expanded from one office at Langley Research Center into a nationwide program that includes over 350 participants each year at twelve nodes. Today, the National Program Office (DEVELOP's Headquarters) is hosted at Langley, and oversees activity at all of DEVELOP's nodes. Since inception, over 3,200 participant positions have been provided globally, and the DEVELOP Program proactively looks for new opportunities to reach new communities and demonstrate the benefits of NASA's Earth Science research.