WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford featuring Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., Astronaut and Director, Johnson Space Center (retired)

Sponsored by WISE Ventures, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and VPGE


Monday, October 22, 2018
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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The Fall 2018 WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) program features Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., Astronaut, and Director, Johnson Space Center (retired).

Ellen Ochoa was the 11th Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, leading the human space flight enterprise for the nation. She became the first Latina in space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours, leading onboard scientific activities, operating the robotic arm, and serving as flight engineer during the launch, rendezvous, and entry phases of the mission. She has shared her experiences in more than 300 presentations to a variety of audiences. She is honored to have six schools named after her, several books written about her for the K-8 grades, and has been profiled in textbooks and on websites geared toward encouraging females and minorities to pursue technical fields.

Dr. Ochoa is the recipient of many awards including NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Presidential Distinguished Rank of the Senior Executive Service, and honorary doctorates from The University of Pennsylvania, The Johns Hopkins University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is in the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the California Hall of Fame.

Prior to her astronaut and management career, Dr. Ochoa was a research engineer and holds three patents for optical systems. She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and a B.S. in Physics from San Diego State University. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Dr. Ochoa currently provides executive guidance to a variety of organizations. She is on the boards of Service Corporation International and Mutual of America, is the Vice Chair of the National Science Board, and chairs the Nomination Evaluation Committee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Previously, she served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board, the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, Inc. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), and WomenCorporateDirectors.

For this program, Dr. Ochoa will be interviewed by Elizabeth Hadly, Paul S. and Billie Achilles Professor in Environmental Biology, Faculty Director of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, and Professor, by courtesy, of Geological Sciences, Stanford University.

The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) links women graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and alumnae in science, engineering, and mathematics fields, and their allies and advocates, through quarterly meetings and communications. WINS aims to provide all with an opportunity to learn from stand-out women in these fields about the realities of their lives and work, successes and lessons learned, and to connect individuals with a network of potential mentors, protégés, and other colleagues.

Admission Info

Open to all interested Stanford affiliates; please register by October 17.

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