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Frederick "Rick" Sturckow
Astronaut, NASA

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

B.S. Electrical Engineering (1984)
  • Recently commanded the Space Shuttle Atlantis on an August 29, 2009 mission to the International Space Station.
  • As a Marine pilot, he flew 41 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
  • Credits one of his Cal Poly professors for encouraging him to become a Marine pilot rather than a race car mechanic.

Notable CSU Alumni in aerospace & aviation

aerospace & aviation
San Luis Obispo