Astronaut Nicole Stott to Launch on Space Shuttle Discovery for Her First Journey into Space
Embry-Riddle Alumna to Live on Space Station for Three Months
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Nicole P. Stott, an Embry-Riddle College of Engineering alumna, will soon reach her ultimate career goal by taking her first trip off planet Earth on Space Shuttle Discovery’s upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The STS-128 launch is currently scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 1:36 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.
Mission specialist Stott and her six crewmates will deliver 33,000 pounds of equipment to the Space Station, including science and storage racks, a freezer to store research samples, and a sleeping compartment. Stott and fellow astronaut John Olivas will conduct a spacewalk during which they will remove an empty ammonia tank from the Space Station and gather materials from various experiments for return to Earth on Discovery. As a flight engineer, she’ll live and work aboard the ISS for three months, catching a ride home in November on Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Stott, whose hometown is Clearwater, Fla., received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus in 1987, an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida in 1992, and is also an instrument-rated private pilot. She is one of six Embry-Riddle alumni who are current or former astronauts.
In a recent interview, Stott said Embry-Riddle played a “huge role” in preparing her for a career with NASA. “The College of Engineering faculty have valuable hands-on experience in the industry that they transmit to students in the classroom and through research projects. At Embry-Riddle I also learned how to function as part of a team, one of the core skills NASA requires of astronaut candidates.”
Dr. James Ladesic, an aerospace engineering professor at Embry-Riddle, said Stott left a deep impression on him.
“Not only was Nicole one of my most outstanding senior-design students, but she also worked for me in my capacity as the graduate program coordinator for the M.S. in Aerospace Engineering degree program,” he said. “She has always projected an extremely positive attitude with can-do confidence, and we’re all very proud of her achievements.”
Since her selection as an astronaut candidate in 2000, Stott has visited the Daytona Beach campus numerous times to speak with incoming engineering freshmen, inspiring them as the next generation of engineers and scientists to make the most of their opportunities at Embry-Riddle. She also serves as a member of the College of Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board.
During her February 2009 visit to campus as the guest speaker for Embry-Riddle’s National Engineers Week she received the Embry-Riddle Alumni Eagle of Excellence Award in recognition of her professional accomplishments.
An Embry-Riddle alumni flag will accompany Stott on her mission, to be signed by the entire crew and then returned to the Alumni Association to be framed and displayed in the office.
Stott’s complete biography is at www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/stott-np.html.
For the latest information on the STS-128 mission and crew, visit www.nasa.gov/shuttle.
Other Embry-Riddle alumni who are currently astronauts are Daniel Burbank, B. Alvin Drew, Ronald Garan Jr., and Terry Virts Jr. Alumna Susan Kilrain is a former astronaut.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 130 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu.
NOTE: This news release and three photos are online at http://www.erau.edu/er/newsmedia/newsreleases/2009/stott.html
SOURCE Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University