#WomenInSTEMWednesday: Ellen Ochoa


Courtesy: FOX23

Bringing this week’s #WomenInSTEMWednesday a tad closer to home. Dr. Ellen Ochoa has one ofUnion Public Schools – Tulsa, OK named after her.

She is the first Hispanic female astronaut and the second female director for Johnson Space Center. Before she became an astronaut, Ochoa was a researcher at the Energy Department’s Sandia National Lab and the NASA Ames Research Center. She has spent a total of nearly 1,000 hours in space aboard four different missions.

Ochoa also has 3 patents in the area of optical information processing and numerous publications in technical journals.

A neat fact is that she is a classically trained flutist. While studying for her doctorate in electrical engineering, she received the student soloist award from the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.#WomenInSTEM

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