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Ellen Ochoa

Born in California, Dr. Ellen Ochoa earned a BS in physics from San Diego State University and a master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She began her career as a research engineer at Sandia National Laboratories before joining NASA.

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Ellen Ochoa

Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, was the 11th director of the Johnson Space Center. She was JSC’s first Hispanic and second female director. Previous management roles included Deputy Center Director and Director of Flight Crew Operations, and she served as a mission specialist on four space shuttle flights.

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JSC Center Director Ellen Ochoa and Tom Costello from NBC News on stage during a panel discussion on Sally Ride's legacy
Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa talks as Tom Costello from NBC News moderates a panel discussion titled “Sally Ride: How Her Historic Space Mission Opened Doors for Women in Science” at the National Air and Space Museum on May 17, 2013 in Washington.
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