Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, Keynote Speaker, SAAAHoF 2019

Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, Keynote Speaker, SAAAHoF 2019

Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar to be Keynote Speaker at San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2019 Awards Dinner

The Dee Howard Foundation is honored to announce that Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar will be the Keynote Speaker at the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2019 Awards Dinner on 4 April 2019.

Dr. Dunbar is a distinguished academic, scientist, former NASA astronaut, pilot, and educator. Dr. Dunbar is currently on the faculty of Texas A&M University-College Station where she serves as TEES Eminent Professor; Director, TEES Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI); Director, Aerospace Human Systems Laboratory; and, among other accolades, is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Dunbar graduated from Sunnyside High School, Sunnyside, Washington, in 1967; received a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in ceramic engineering from the University of Washington in 1971 and 1975, respectively, and a doctorate in Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1983.

Between 1971 and 1978 Dr. Dunbar worked in the private sector for Boeing Computer Services and Rockwell International Space Division and conducted research at Harwell Laboratories in Oxford, England. Dr. Dunbar joined NASA in 1978 and retired from NASA in September 2005. On her retirement NASA issued a press release which read in part:

…Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar (Ph.D.), a veteran of five space shuttle flights, retired from NASA today to become president and chief executive officer of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.

Dunbar flew on shuttle missions in 1985, 1990, 1992, 1995, and 1998, spending more than 50 days in space. She played key science roles in each mission, including the STS-61-A Spacelab, STS-50 Microgravity Lab-1, and STS-32 Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) retrieval missions. Two of her missions, STS-71 and STS-89, visited the Russian space station Mir. She was selected for the astronaut class of 1980, only the second group of astronauts specifically chosen to fly the space shuttle.

In addition to astronaut assignments, Dunbar's 27-year career at NASA included serving as a flight controller and payload officer. She also held management positions at NASA Headquarters and NASA's Johnson Space Center, including five years as the assistant director for University Research at Johnson.

As one of NASA’s early shuttle astronauts, Bonnie helped pave the way for women taking key roles in space exploration," said Flight Crew Operations Director Ken Bowersox. "She's done it all, from technical research to spaceflight to motivating young people about science….”

Special Honors Dr. Dunbar has received include: Associate Fellow, AIAA. Elected to the National Academy of Engineers (2002). American Ceramic Society James I. Mueller Award, Cocoa Beach, Florida. (2000). Inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2000. NASA Space Flight Medals (1985, 1990, 1992, 1995 and 1998). Superior Accomplishment Award (1997). Member, National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Advisory Board, 1993-1999. NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal(1996). NASA Outstanding Leadership Award (1993). Fellow of American Ceramic Society (1993). Design News Engineering Achievement Award (1993). IEEE Judith Resnik Award (1993). Society of Women Engineers Resnik Challenger Medal (1993). Museum of Flight Pathfinder Award (1992). AAES National Engineering Award (1992). NASA Exceptional Service Award (1991). University of Houston Distinguished Engineering Alumna (1991). M.R.S. President’s Award (1990). ACS Schwaltzwalder P.A.C.E. Award (1990). University of Washington Engineering Alumni Achievement (1989). NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1988). ACS Life Membership (1986). General Jimmy Doolittle Fellow of the Aerospace Education Foundation (1986). American Ceramic Society (ACS) Greaves-Walker Award (1985). Rockwell International Engineer of the Year in 1977.

To learn more about Dr. Dunbar we invite you to visit her Texas A&M University and NASA bios.

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