Barrett Honors College Presents the 2013 John J. Rhodes Lecture: Dr. Leroy Chiao

When: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

Space Foundation Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight (and former NASA astronaut) Dr. Leroy Chiao has been chosen as the 2013 John J. Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University and will deliver the 2013 Rhodes Lecture titled "Warp Speed: How Technology is Accelerating and the Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education."

Admission is free and open to the public, however ticket service fees apply. Seating is general admission and reservations are required. Information and ticket reservations, are at http://barretthonors.asu.edu/rhodes.

About Chiao
Educated as an engineer, Chiao works in business and academia, including serving as the special advisor - human spaceflight for the Space Foundation. He grew up in Danville, Calif., and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A native English speaker, he also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian.

His Space Shuttle missions include:

  • STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000
  • STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996
  • STS-65 Columbia, July 8-23, 1994

In addition, he flew as Flight Engineer 1 aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the ISS, where he served as commander and NASA science officer for Expedition 10. He lived on the ISS for six and half months.

Chiao received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2004. After a 15-year career with NASA, he left in 2005 to work and consult on a number of projects. In 2009, he served as a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council. He holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is involved in educational programs. An instrument-rated pilot, Chiao has logged over 2,900 flight hours in a variety of aircraft.

About The John J. Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions
The John J. Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, celebrates the career of public service of one of Arizona's and the nation's most distinguished leaders. The Rhodes Chair is dedicated to deepening theoretical and practical understanding of the many voices and forces that influence public policy. The Chair honors the values of personal integrity, fiscal responsibility, respect for persons, and international farsightedness exemplified in the Honorable John J. Rhodes' career.

The John J. Rhodes Chair was named an Arizona Heritage Chair by former ASU President, Lattie Coor. ASU Heritage Chairs honor the achievements and values of Arizona leaders whose life work helped shape the character of both Arizona and our metropolitan area. An archive of John J. Rhodes's congressional papers is available in the Special Collections at Hayden Library on the ASU Tempe Campus.
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