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Monday, November 21 • 9:15am - 10:15am
General Plenary and Keynote Address

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Michael Massimino, Ph.D.
Former NASA Astronaut 
Columbia University Engineering Professor

You may have seen Mike Massimino on TV’s #1 show, “The Big Bang Theory,” but he didn’t just play a NASA astronaut on TV. Hear him share personal stories that entertain and inspire as he recounts pursuing his childhood dream to become an astronaut, training to fly as part of a crew on one of NASA’s most challenging space missions, facing adversity with his colleagues in space, and finding new challenges in his postastronaut career. Mike speaks about the value of having a passion and following a dream, persevering to achieve a goal, building a team to meet great challenges, pulling together to solve problems and move on in the aftermath of tragedies like the Columbia Space Shuttle accident, and using innovation to find new ways to achieve objectives and to solve problems when things go wrong. He will inspire you with the awe and beauty of space, and motivate you to tackle new challenges in life and always look towards the future.

Monday November 21, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am EST
RRCC Exhibit Floor