Stephanie Wilson, MS ASE ’92, has been selected to receive the 2015 Texas Ex Distinguished Alumna Award.
The award, which is presented each fall, is the Texas Exes’ highest honor for outstanding graduates of The University of Texas at Austin. This year’s selection of recipients includes an astronaut (Wilson), a cancer researcher, a filmmaker, a civic leader, an energy attorney, and a business leader.
From the young age of 13, Wilson knew she wanted to pursue a career in space, and she made that dream a reality. Before attending graduate school in aerospace engineering at UT-Austin, Wilson began her career as an engineer at the Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, where her work focused on the control and modeling of large, flexible space structures. She also worked on the Galileo at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory before being selected as a NASA astronaut in 1996.
Wilson is a veteran of three spaceflights on the space shuttle Discovery, the STS-121, STS-120 and STS-131, and has logged more than 42 days in space. During her spaceflights she operated the robotic arm that transferred supplies and equipment to the International Space Station and managed successful spacewalks. She has also served as a flight engineer, assisting the commander and pilot with space shuttle systems.
In addition, Wilson has served as the chief of the Space Station Integration branch within the Astronaut Office, as a member of the 2009 and 2013 Astronaut Selection Boards, and as a capsule communicator in Mission Control. She is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a recipient of the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
Wilson will be presented with her award, along with the other awardees, on Friday, November 6 at the LBJ Presidential Library.