New Go For Launch! Event Manager

Go For Launch! Sault Ste Marie

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Presenting Team

Team may be subject to change due to schedules.

Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Dr. Thomas has served in the Safety, Operations Development, and Payloads Branches of the Astronaut Office. He was CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for Shuttle missions STS-47, 52 and 53. From July 1999 to June 2000 he was Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. A veteran of four space flights, STS-65, STS-70, STS-83 and STS-94, he has logged over 1,040 hours in space as a Mission Specialist.

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Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as an Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally, she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA, and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller, and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation’s dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum, AIAA Associate Fellow, and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!

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Mikayla Scott is currently the Lead Artificial Intelligence Engineer and the Director of the Emergent Technology Division for Anchor Systems. Anchor Systems is an emergent technology solutions integrator, purpose-built to accelerate the delivery of engineered innovation. She infuses innovation and creativity into solutions for both the defense and commercial industries every day right from Kincheloe, Michigan. Mikayla is a recent graduate of the College of Engineering at Wayne State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. Currently Mikayla is a student at Syracuse University working on her master’s degree in Data Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence. Mikayla is an engineer at heart, her curiosity and questioning drive her to the cutting edge of innovation. She lives by the motto of being a “lifelong learner,” she believes that in every situation there is knowledge to be acquired. Whether in school or out of school, consciously or subconsciously, she believes everyone is constantly inquiring, reflecting, making decisions, obtaining information and pivoting. Mikayla perceives the world as our classroom, and she feels that this mindset helps unlock a new perspective on life. After she graduates from Syracuse in May 2023, she plans to continue with her

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Event Location Details

Lake Superior State University

650 W Easterday Ave 

Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

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