MTSU students and faculty and the students at nearby Hobgood Elementary School (a NASA Explorer School) are in for a treat Wednesday and Thursday, April 16-17, as Aisha Bowe, an award-winning NASA engineer, will be visiting Murfreesboro.
Bowe, who works in the flight trajectory dynamics and controls branch of the Aviation Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center, will be spending time with MTSU students individually and in groups; and providing a National Women’s History Month lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Business and Aerospace Building Room S128. The women in science lecture is free and open to the public.
Bowe also met with Provost Brad Bartel earlier in the day and attended a reception.
Thursday morning at 9:30, after having breakfast with students and faculty, Bowe will visit an Honors physical science class in Alumni Memorial Gym Room 115; the Nassau, Bahamas, native plans to meet President Sidney A. McPhee, also a Bahamas native, at 10:30 in his office.
At approximately 11 a.m., Bowe will be driven to Hobgood, where she will meet and have lunch with students and teachers. Bowe has a scheduled afternoon meeting with MTSU administrators Mike Allen and Todd Gary before leaving campus.
Bowe’s work is focused on developing methods to maintain safe separation of air traffic and optimize fuel consumption within an automated system. NASA Ames is renowned for its world-class research in air traffic management conducted in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration to make air travel safer, cheaper and more efficient.
Bowe has received numerous awards for her dedication to technical excellence and the principles of diversity and opportunity, including: NASA’s Engineering Honor Award, NASA’s Honor Award for Equal Employment Opportunity, a NASA Ames Spotlight Award for Equal Opportunity and Diversity Excellence, the National Society of Black Engineers 21st Century Trailblazers in Aviation and Aerodynamics Award and the National Society of Black Engineers Outstanding Technical Contribution Award.
Her activities also have been featured on NASA NOW, Bahamas Weekly and Telemundo.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)