General Session & Awards

Friday | 8:30am – 9:45am
Mediterranean 4-5, Main Level
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Find Where The Wind Goes

Dr. Jemison inspires and encourages audiences as she shares the achievements and obstacles presented in her own life, always bringing sense of humor to each story she tells.


About the speaker: Mae Jemison is an American engineer, physician and
NASA astronaut. She became the first African-American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.After medical school and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 until 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to found a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. She is the current principal of the 100 Year Starship organization.


  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Distinguished Service Award