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NASA Shuttle Pilot Speaks to Young Women
About Opportunities in Science and Engineering

Date: Dec. 12, 2002
By: Mary Bridget Reilly
Photos by: Dottie Stover

Astronaut Pam Melroy

Sky-high dreams can be achieved, and astronaut Pam Melroy is living proof. Melroy came to UC this week to share her success story as part of the Herman Schneider Lecture Series and the UC Women in Engineering program.

Melroy is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, a test pilot and veteran of the Gulf War where she logged more than 200 hours of combat and combat support fly time.

She graduated in 1983 with a bachelor's in physics from Wellesley College and completed a master's degree in earth and planetary sciences from MIT after that.

But Melroy was always determined to be an astronaut and eventually earned a spot on NASA's elite crew. This past summer, she piloted the Columbia into space and back home safely to Earth.

Astronaut Pam Melroy signs autograph

Melroy's visit was part of an effort to encourage more women to enter engineering fields. She spoke for an hour to a full house in the Baldwin Hall auditorium. The audience included over 70 students from Lebanon high school and the Seven Hills Upper School.

Earlier in the day, she also spoke to younger students at Seven Hills. Her visit was arranged in part through the efforts of Professor Christy Holland, Director of Research for Biomedical Engineering at UC and a former college classmate of Melroy's.

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