On January 4th, NASA selected aerospace engineer and astronaut, Jeanette Epps as one of the crew members that will be boarding the International Space Station in 2018.
Dr. Epps will become the first Black astronaut to board the ISS when she launches on her first spaceflight in May 2018.
In 1992 she earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at LeMoyne College in her hometown of Syracuse, New York. She went on to complete a master’s of science in 1994 and a doctorate in 2000 in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Epps previously worked for Ford Motor Company where she received patents for her research related to automobile frontal collision.
After leaving Ford, she spent seven years with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Technical Intelligence Officer before becoming an astronaut.
When asked about her hobbies and interests, she said “One of my favorite hobbies/interests is working with kids of all ages to teach them about science and technology. Other hobbies that I have, when I am not working, include traveling, reading, and trying as many new things as I can!”