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Ellen Ochoa
Director, NASA Johnson Space Center

San Diego State​

B.S. Physics (1980)
  • NASA astronaut. First Hispanic woman to go into space. Veteran of four American space flights with 978 hours in space.
  • Recognized with several NASA awards including the Distinguished Service Medal and with the Federal government executive Presidential Distinguished Rank Award.
  • Earned Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford. Co-inventor of three patented optical analysis systems and author of numerous technical papers.
  • Performed as a flutist in SDSU Wind Ensemble, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and Livermore Symphony. Earned private pilot's license.
  • Effective ambassador for NASA, delivering more than 300 speeches promoting science and engineering careers. Four schools bear her name in California, Washington, and Texas.

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