May 9, 2016

Student Awards Night

ASM International Houston Chapter would like to invite you to attend their Student Awards Night.
Hosted By


Topic: 3000 Orbits – Living and Working Aboard the International Space Station

Speaker: Dr. Robert Thirsk
Date: Monday, May 9, 2016

Location: Johnson Space Center (JSC) – Gilruth Center – Alamo Ballroom
Address: JSC Gilruth Center (See map and additional directions below)
Phone: (281) 483-0123

5:30 – Social Hour
6:30 – Dinner
7:00 – Presentation
Cost: $40/member; $50/non-member; $20/retiree; Free for students

About the Topic: A career in the space program is gratifying and full of interesting challenges. Using images and video, Dr. Robert Thirsk will describe the professional and personal aspects of training for and flying on a long duration expedition aboard the International Space Station.

Dr. Thirsk’s presentation will include a description of his crew’s launch aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and their rendezvous two days later with the International Space Station. He’ll talk about Station activities such as multidisciplinary research, complex robotic operations, and maintenance and repair work. He’ll conclude by describing the undocking of his Soyuz vehicle from the Station at the end of his expedition and landing back on Earth

thirskAbout the Speaker: Dr. Robert Thirsk received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Bob has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 with six international crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission. This 17-day mission was devoted to the study of life and materials sciences.

In 2009 Bob launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). As members of the ISS Expedition 20/21 crew, Bob and his five crewmates performed multidisciplinary research which will bring terrestrial benefit and enable future space exploration. During the 188-day expedition, the Expedition 20/21 crew also performed robotic operations and maintenance of Station systems and payloads.

Bob is a strong promoter of an economy based upon exploration and innovation.  He encourages students to build their career dreams upon a solid educational foundation and advanced skills. He currently serves as Chancellor of the University of Calgary.

Maps and Directions: NASA Johnson Space Center, Gilruth Center