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issue pic Nicole P. Stott was born on November 19, 1962 in Albany, NY, but she considers Clearwater, FL to be her hometown. She is married to Christopher Stott of the Isle of Man and they are blessed with one beautiful child. Nicole graduated from Clearwater High School, Clearwater, FL in 1980; received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1987; and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida in 1992. She is an instrument rated private pilot.

After graduating from Embry-Riddle, Nicole worked as a structural design engineer with Pratt and Whitney Government Engines in West Palm Beach, FL where she spent a year with the Advanced Engines Group performing structural analyses of advanced jet engine component designs. In 1988, she moved on to a career with NASA. She started work with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as an Operations Engineer in the Orbiter Processing Facility helping to prepare space shuttles for launch. Nicole held several other positions at KSC including Convoy Commander, Flow Director for Endeavour, Orbiter Project Engineer for Columbia, and ISS Truss Element Project Lead.

In 1998, she joined the Johnson Space Center (JSC) team as a member of the NASA Aircraft Operations Division, where she served as a Flight Simulation Engineer on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). She has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and NASA Certificates of Commendation. Nicole was selected as a mission specialist astronaut in July 2000 - the 18th class of astronauts, nicknamed the Bugs. After completion of astronaut candidate training, she was assigned technical duties within the astronaut office in support of ISS payloads, as an ISS Capcom, and as a station Crew Support Astronaut. In 2006 she earned the title Aquanaut as a crewmember on the NEEMO 9 mission where she lived and worked with a 6 person crew for 18 days on the Aquarius undersea research habitat. She will launch as a mission specialist with the crew of STS128 and will remain on board the ISS as a flight engineer and member of one of the first 6 person crews as part of Expeditions 20 and 21, and after a long duration mission of about 4 months on station she will return to Earth as a mission specialist with the crew of STS129.

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1) How did you get started in the satellite business?

Though I am not involved directly with the satellite business, as an ISS crewmember I guess I can say that I soon will be a satellite in low Earth orbit. My career with NASA started at Kennedy Space Center working with Shuttle processing. Working primarily in the Orbiter Processing Facility, my job was all about making sure the Shuttle was ready for launch and for it's on-orbit mission and then safe return to Earth.

2) How have you been involved in changes brought about in or by this business (innovations, technologies, services)?

As an ISS crewmember, I will be involved with the continuing operation of the ISS and also with the day to day operation of the research activities on board. Every one of these activities is supportive of figuring out how we can move forward with future long duration missions off our planet and utilize innovative technologies in order to most effectively do this.

3) What do you think was the greatest event/situation/opportunity you experienced?

Would have to say that being selected as a NASA astronaut was the greates opportunity. I'm thankful every day for the amazing opportunities I had with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center, and for the incredible people that became my mentors and encouraged me to apply for the astronaut office.

4) What was the greatest obstacle?

Believing in myself enough to take the advice of my mentors.

5) What do you see happening in the next five years in this industry?

As we move to 6 person crew onboard ISS this month and we transition from the assembly to the utilization phase on ISS, I'm encouraged that we will be learning more and more about humans living and working in space. I think we have the opportunity to learn some amazing things from the science activities on ISS that will help improve our lives both on and off our planet.

6) What advice do you have for women interested in entering the industry?

To not think about the choice in terms of being a woman. I've found that opportunities have been available to me every step of the way and I never felt like being a woman had an influence (positively or negatively) on these opportunities.

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Issue No. 15:
Women in Space

Spring 2009

General Editor Introduction

From the Guest Editor

Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group

Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government

Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News

Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.

Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems

Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat

Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat

Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat

Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS

Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.

Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.

Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America

Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer

Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat

Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.

Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional

Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant

Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.

Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO

Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association

Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications

Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation

Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC

Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base

Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat

Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer

Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio

Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.

Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services

Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office

Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director

Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC

Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army

Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer

Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada

Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.

Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT

Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC

Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General

Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX

Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC

Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales

Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International

Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA

Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU

Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant

Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO

Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat

Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union

Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat

UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology: Astronomy Blog

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