NASA Crew Assignment, Underwater Researcher, & Forbes Profile (Feb. 2018)

Serena Auñón-Chancellor, M.D. (DC G ’97), who previously was assigned to Expedition 58/59, has been reassigned to the Expedition 56/57 crew, launching in June. Auñón-Chancellor joined the astronaut corps in 2009 and has been at NASA since 2006, when she became a flight surgeon. Before being selected as an astronaut, she spent more than nine months in Russia supporting medical operations for space station crew members, including water survival training in the Ukraine, and served as the deputy lead for medical operations for NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University, Auñón-Chancellor holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and is board certified in internal and aerospace medicine.


On Monday, February 12, Erik C. Denson, DC A ’89, the chief electrical engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, spoke at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL) about the first black servicemen to serve as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, nicknamed the Redtails.

Denson is also an accomplished underwater researcher and explorer as part of the Diving With a Purpose Maritime Archaeology Program and detailed his underwater discoveries. According to the article, he is currently researching the Guerrero slave ship that sank off the coast of the Florida Keys.


In the February 28, 2018, issue of Forbes, Julia Lee, CA G ’12, and payroll-software startup Gusto were profiled for their efforts to attract more female engineers and to do away with any pay disparities. Lee earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University. Read the article

Edward Kim, Gusto CEO, published a blog post that made Gusto’s diversity numbers public and broadcast its goal of hiring more women engineers. “We believe that diversity is in itself a core strength that will enable us to write better software and build better products,” he wrote.


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