When Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson made her first trip to space July 4 on the STS-121 crew, she became the eighth UT engineer in space and the second African American woman to achieve that feat. The shuttle returned to earth safely on July 17.

Pablo Cortez joins the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics as a Technical Staff Assistant in Electronics.

Sarah Hannaman joins the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics as the undergraduate coordinator and advisor.

Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson (pictured below, far left) will make her first trip to space on July 1 with the crew of STS-121. Wilson graduated from UT with a master’s in aerospace engineering in 1992 and was a recipient of the Outstanding Young Texas Ex award in 2005.

Leszek Demkowicz, ASE/EM Professor, was recently awarded an endowment for distinguished visitors from the University of California, Berkeley.