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Office of the Dean
Phone: (208) 885-6470
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: (208) 885-6645
Email: deanengr@uidaho.edu

Janssen Engineering (JEB)
Room 125

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

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Contact Denise Engebrecht
Phone: (208) 364-6123
Fax: (208) 364-3160
Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702


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Contact Debbie Caudle
Phone: (208) 282-7983
Fax: (208) 282-7929
Email: debrac@uidaho.edu

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

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Engineering Outreach
Phone: (208) 885-6373
Toll-free: (800) 824-2889
Fax: (208) 885-9249
E-mail: outreach@uidaho.edu


A rising sun peaks over the earth behind the international space station.

Vandal Pride Flies High

Join us on October 3 and 5 in Moscow as NASA astronaut Steve Swanson visits the University and talks about the 28th mission to the International Space Station. The STS-119 mission will continue the strides made to complete construction of the orbiting complex.*

Immediately following the first quarter of the Colorado State vs. Idaho football game, Swanson will present to President Nellis the University of Idaho flag he carried into space on board the shuttle Discovery last March in honor of his nephew Greg, who received his master’s degree in 2009 in electrical engineering at the University of Idaho.

"He thought it would be nice to take up the University of Idaho flag to promote space exploration," said Greg, a NASA International Year of Astronomy student ambassador.

Monday, October 5

4:00 p.m. The 2009 – 2010 Engineering Distinguished
Speaker Series Presents Steven Ray Swanson
NASA Astronaut Highlighting Mission STS-119

Administration Building Auditorium
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho

Reception immediately following

Saturday, October 3

7:30 p.m. Game kick-off – Idaho vs. Colorado State
Immediately following first quarter:
University of Idaho Flag Presentation
to President M. Duane Nellis

*The STS-119 flight delivered the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and truss element to the space station. The delivery and installation of the station’s final, major U.S. truss segment, Starboard 6, signaled the station’s readiness to house a six-member crew for conducting increased science. With the installation of the 31,127-pound, 45.4-foot-long segment, the station’s completed truss, or backbone, measures 335 feet – more than the length of a football field.

Steven Ray Swanson, an American engineer and NASA astronaut, was born in Syracuse, New York on December 3, 1960. He is married and has 3 children.

In 1983, Steven received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado and in 1986, he received a master of applied science in computer systems from Florida Atlantic University. He later received a doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University. Steven has received numerous awards which include the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the JSC Certificate of Accommodation.

He has flown 2 shuttle flight missions, STS-117 and STS-119. He has logged over 643 hours in space and completed 4 spacewalks totaling 26 hours and 14 minutes. Steve has also served in other roles at NASA, such as a CAPCOM for both International Space Station and Space Shuttle missions. He served as a mission specialist and lead spacewalker on STS-119 which launched on March 15 and landed on March 28, 2009.