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Astronauts to Visit Clarkson University for Space Days

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Astronauts Albert Sacco Jr. and Bonnie J. Dunbar will visit Clarkson University this month in celebration of the United Nations’ World Space Week.

During the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Clarkson Space Days celebration on October 14 and 29, the astronauts will speak about their experiences living and performing research in space.sacco

Sacco is the George A. Snell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University and director of the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing. Dunbar is the president and CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The public and Clarkson students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to all Space Days events.

Sacco will speak on October 14 and Dunbar will speak on October 29. There will also be a presentation of Clarkson’s contributions to space research and a student team space-quiz competition on October 29.

Sacco’s visit begins with a reception on Wednesday, October 14, at 1 p.m. in the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) Atrium, followed by a 1:30 lecture in CAMP 177.

After Sacco’s lecture at about 2:45, there will be an informal reception and discussion with the astronaut/professor in the Barben Rooms of the Cheel Campus Center.

In Sacco’s lecture, titled "Living and Working in Space -- A Scientist’s/Teacher’s Perspective," he will describe the types of jobs in science and engineering in the space program, all within the context of training and flying in space. He will give details on the kinds of science and engineering research done in space, and why this is important to those of us here on earth. He will also convey to students the message that they can do anything they imagine they can do, and will give them a framework for why it is very important that they study science, engineering and mathematics.

Sacco received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Northeastern University in 1997, he spent 20 years as a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the last eight as head of its Chemical Engineering Department.

In 1996, he flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia as a scientist astronaut, and conducted 200 experiments for 130 scientists. He has published over 200 papers, is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has received numerous awards, including three honorary doctorates and the United States Space Flight Medal.

For more information, contact Professor Liya Regel at or 315-268 7672

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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