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Feb. 17, 2000

John Bluck

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

650/604-5026 or 604-9000



NASA today will enable students from across the nation to interact live with astronauts and space station experts during a satellite teleconference, and next week students can chat with engineers via the Internet and in person for National Engineers Week, Feb. 20 - 26, 2000.

Students will be able to 'chat' via the Internet with eight engineers during the week. NASA also has organized a teleconference for students with International Space Station astronauts and ground crew members today from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. PST. Locally, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, NASA engineers will visit middle and high schools next week and throughout March to talk with students about being engineers.

During the Internet chats, youths will be able to use computers to direct questions and receive "live" answers from engineers who will describe their roles in, and contributions to, the space program. The Internet sessions which will begin on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 8:00 a.m. PST will take place throughout the week. They are listed on NASA’s Quest website:

"I work as a research engineer and spend most of my time conducting experiments and studying data to help build better airplanes and space vehicles," said Fanny Zuniga, an aerospace engineer at NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley. Zuniga will kick off the Internet activities on Feb. 22. "My day is never boring. There are always unexpected and sometimes complicated problems to resolve," she added.

Details about the space station teleconference, to be broadcast via satellite, are on NASA's teleconference web site at Educators may telephone 1-888-584-5040, ext. 155 for more teleconference information.

"We are also sending NASA Ames engineers to talk in San Francisco Bay Area classrooms, during Engineers Week and through the end of March," said NASA Ames Educational Officer Thomas Clausen who is organizing engineering outreach activities. "We're extending Engineers' Week into March to enable more of our engineers to talk with local students."

"I am confident that, with interesting hands-on activities and exciting competitions sponsored at schools and community centers around the nation, this year's observance will help to influence a new generation of young Americans to pursue their study of science and math - the foundation of a career in engineering," President Clinton said in a recent message about National Engineers Week.

First-come, first-served pre-registration via the Internet is required in order for students to participate in the chat sessions. Other people can observe the conversations without registering.

National Engineers Week 2000 is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Committee, Alexandria, VA, and includes participants from government, industry and other institutions. The National Engineers Week Internet news site is:

Internet Chat Session Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 8:00 a.m. PST, through Thursday, Feb. 24.

English/Spanish bilingual "forum" with Fanny Zuniga, aerospace engineer, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. An Internet forum is a chat room that remains open 24 hours a day to receive queries, but responses to the typed questions may not be "live."

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST

Chat with Angie Lee, experiment systems manager, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST

Chat with Rick Hashimoto, system safety engineer, Boeing Reusable Space System Division, Downey, CA

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST

Chat with Kim Hubbard, computer engineer, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST

Chat with Steven Daugherty, International Space Station thermal control project engineer, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Thursday, Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST

Chat with Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, Ph.D., aerospace engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Thursday, Feb. 24, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon PST

Chat with Tony Bruins, systems engineer/integrator, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Friday, Feb. 25, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST

Chat with Keith Zimmerman, project lead, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Check Quest website for updates:

or telephone Marc Siegel, 650/604-1518, or Karen Traicoff, 650/604-4066 for more Quest Internet details.



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