NASA Astronaut and Engineer to Lecture on Space Exploration

DURHAM, N.C. -– NASA astronaut and engineer Ellen Ochoa will deliver a lecture titled “Engineer to Space Explorer: A Shuttle Astronaut’s View” on Friday, Feb. 27, at Duke University.

The 4 p.m. lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Love Auditorium in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke’s West Campus. Parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the Bryan Center.

Ochoa, who became an astronaut in 1991, has logged more than 978 hours in space during her four space flights, including the first mission to dock with the International Space Station. She plans to show a video capturing her flight experiences, and discuss how her engineering training influenced her career development.

Ochoa is now the deputy director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Her technical assignments to date include flight software verification, flight software and computer hardware development, robotics development testing, and training.

Ochoa’s NASA awards include the Exceptional Service Medal (1997) and the Outstanding Leadership Medal (1995). She is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award, the Hispanic Engineering Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Humanity, and the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford.

Ochoa’s lecture is sponsored by the Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering.