Assistant Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center To Discuss Leadership ; Careers In Science At UCO

Milt Heflin

Oct. 10, 2012

Media Contact:  Courtney Bass, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, cbass4@uco.edu

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF NASA’S JOHNSON SPACE CENTER TO DISCUSS LEADERSHIP AND CAREERS IN SCIENCE AT UCO

University of Central Oklahoma graduate and Associate Director at the NASA Johnson Space Center Milt Heflin will give a pair of free, open-to-the-public lectures on Oct. 23 at the university.

He will speak to the Lessons in Leadership class at 9:30 a.m. in Constitution Hall of the Nigh University Center and at the College of Mathematics and Science Fall 2012 Seminar Series at 4 p.m. in the Forensic Science Institute auditorium.

In his afternoon lecture, “America’s Future in Human Space Exploration,” he will discuss how NASA sets its sights for evolving a new generation of spacecraft to go beyond lower Earth orbit while helping enable commercial crew transportation to and from the International Space Station, a collaboration of 15 nations.

“This is such a unique opportunity to have Heflin, a renowned scientist and Central alum, to speak at the fall series,” said Charlotte Simmons, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Mathematics and Science.

“We hope it will excite the students who are pursuing careers in the sciences and encourage them to set their sites high when thinking about their futures.”

Heflin graduated from Central in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and math and reported to Houston’s Manned Spacecraft Center, now the Johnson Space Center, that same year.

During his 46-year NASA career he has served as Recovery Engineer for eight Apollo splashdowns and as a Flight Director for 20 space shuttle missions including seven of these as the Lead Flight Director, one of which was the first servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993.

He is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Executive, and a co-recipient of the 1993 “Collier Trophy,” the nation’s highest aviation award, recognizing his leadership during the Hubble Telescope first repair mission.

Central has also recognized him as a Distinguished Former Student and honored him with the Broncho Award, which honors one of 30 former students recognized from University’s first 100 years.

For more information contact the College of Mathematics and Science at 405-974-2461.

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Cutline: University of Central Oklahoma graduate and Associate Director at the NASA Johnson Space Center Milt Heflin will give a pair of free, open-to-the-public lectures Oct. 23 on campus, first at 9:30 a.m. to the Lessons in Leadership class and at 4 p.m. as a part of the College of Math and Science Fall 2012 Seminar Series.