Team may be subject to change due to schedules.
Hoot Gibson, Astronaut (Retired)
Astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson is a pilot, aerospace engineer, retired Naval Officer and retired Astronaut. He has flown 5 space shuttle missions including the first space shuttle mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir. He also served as the Chief of the Astronaut office and after retiring from NASA flew for Southwest Airlines and has also won the Reno air races. He has been inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Naval Aviation Hall of Fame, the Space Camp Hall of Fame and has received numerous other honors.
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 a 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 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!
Gary Morris earned his Ph.D. in Space Physics & Astronomy from Rice University, worked as a post-doctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, then studied transport of air pollution from China to Japan on a Fulbright Scholar grant. He arrived at St. Ed’s in July 2014 as Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics, and is excited to bring Go For Launch! to Austin.
LIZ WARREN, Ph.D., Associate Program Scientist for CASIS
Liz was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and attended the University of California at Davis for both her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in physiology. For her doctoral work, she investigated the effects of gravity as a continuum on energy balance in rats. She completed post-doctoral work in the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Laboratory of Cell Growth, and the Neuroscience Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She performed a variety of roles at NASA, including serving as Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA Bed Rest and Artificial Gravity Projects. Liz also spent several years as an Operations Lead in Mission Control for the ISS Medical Project. Liz enjoys travel, running, and learning to play the ukulele.
Twyman Clements is the Co-Founder and CEO of Space Tango, an aerospace company that specializes in designing complex, autonomous systems for research and manufacturing in microgravity. With two TangoLab facilities on the International Space Station (ISS), Twyman has been recognized by the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and also ranked #25 on Fast Company’s list of 100 Most Creative People in Business. Prior to Space Tango, Twyman served as a senior space system engineer at Kentucky Space working with a multidisciplinary team of universities and companies on high altitude balloons, CubeSats, and other ISS hardware. Twyman received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky. At Space Tango, he continues to lead design efforts and provide expertise in technology and scientific consulting related to working in microgravity through configurable platforms.