DATE:  November 3 , 2006       

Questions? Call Ray Bachnak, (361) 825-6025; Marshall Collins, (361) 825-2427.

NASA Astronaut Hernandez Gives Space Exploration Talk Nov. 16

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – “Space Exploration – An Astronaut’s Perspective” will be presented by NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Center for Instruction, Room 113.

The one-hour presentation is slated for 6:30 p.m., with a beginning social hour and refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Hernandez, who joined the Johnson Space Center in 2001, completed astronaut training in February 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Pacific in 1984 and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1986.

Hernandez is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists. He has earned several awards in his career, including the NASA Service Award in 2002 and 2003, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory “Outstanding Engineer Award” in 2001 and the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award.

Reservations must be made by Nov. 12 by calling Gracie Olalde at (361) 825-5859. The event is funded by the IEEE Corpus Christi Section and a grant from the Texas Space Grant Consortium.