Office of External Communications

Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax: 713.743.8199

March 21, 2007

Contact: Contact: Mike Emery
713.743.8186 (office)
713.415.6551 (pager)


Leadership comes easy for Eileen Collins. As the first female space shuttle pilot and shuttle commander, she led the way for a new generation of astronauts ready to explore new frontiers. Soon, she’ll share her out of this world experiences and some down to earth insight with tomorrow’s leaders.

Collins will speak to the UH community from 3 – 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 in Room 170 of Melcher Hall in the C.T. Bauer College of Business. Collins, who also is a former U.S. Air Force (USAF) pilot and math teacher, will discuss leadership and her career with NASA and USAF. This event is sponsored by UH Air Force and Army ROTC.

“Eileen Collins is a superb role model for our cadets and a big supporter of ROTC having been commissioned through a program at Syracuse University in 1978,” Col. Philip A. Bossert, commander of UH’s Air Force ROTC. “Many of our cadets dream of flying both with the Air Force and NASA, and they can’t wait to hear her.”

NASA selected Collins to become an astronaut in 1990. In 1995, she became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle when she flew the Discovery to the MIR space station. In 1999, she became the first woman to command a space shuttle mission when she led the Columbia on a mission to deploy the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Collins retired in 2006 having logged more than 872 hours in space during four missions.

To attend this event, UH faculty, staff and students must RSVP by contacting Brian Kusiak at or at 713-743-4932. Space is limited.

WHAT: Eileen Collins at UH
WHEN: 3 – 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28
WHERE: University of Houston – Bauer College of Business
170 Melcher Hall
Houston, TX 77204
WHO: UH Air Force and Army ROTC

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