Ellen Ochoa will describe her career at NASA as the first Hispanic female astronaut, a veteran of four space shuttle missions, and Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. She will focus on building and operating the International Space Station and show a video that chronicles one of her missions to the station as well as its current configuration.
Ellen Ochoa, American engineer, former astronaut and former director of the Johnson Space Center
Bio: Ellen Ochoa was the Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX from 2013 until her retirement in May 2018. She became the first Latina to go to space when she flew on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours. She currently serves on several boards including as Chair of the National Science Board. Prior to her astronaut career, Dr. Ochoa was a research engineer and holds three patents for optical systems. She received a B.S. in Physics from San Diego State University, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She is honored to have six schools named for her and has been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, the California Hall of Fame, and the International Air & Space Hall of Fame. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and the Optical Society of America (OSA).
This seminar is sponsored by the Department of Applied Physics and the Ginzton Laboratory