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FAU to Host Lecture with Alumnus and NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson



            BOCA RATON, FL (February 16, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science will present FAU alumnus Dr. Steven R. Swanson ’86, NASA astronaut and mission specialist, for a lecture titled “Discover Space II” on Friday, February 19 at 10 a.m. in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  

Swanson will speak about his experiences in the space program and the value of an education focused in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas.  He also will present Dr. Karl Stevens, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, with the College’s flag which he took with him on the space shuttle during his most recent space mission.

             Swanson graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1979.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado in 1983, a Master of Applied Science degree in computer systems from FAU in 1986, and a doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University in 1998. Prior to joining NASA, Swanson worked for General Telephone and Electronicsin Phoenix, Arizona as a software engineer, working on the real-time software of telephone system multiplexer/demultiplexers.

            In 2007, Swanson flew on the space shuttle mission STS-117, logging 336 hours in space, including almost 14 spacewalk hours, or hours outside of the orbiter’s crew cabin. In 2009, Swanson flew on space shuttle mission STS-119. This flight delivered the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and truss element to the International Space Station. Swanson logged 307 hours in space and 13 spacewalk hours. This last mission traveled 5.3 million miles in 13 days.  

            For more information, contact Brenda Coto at 561-297-3400 or bcoto@fau.edu.

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