Engineering Seminars Test Calendar 2.10

Back to Listing

AE590 Seminar: Reach for the Stars

Event Type
Department of Aerospace Engineering
CIF 0027/1025 (Auditorium)
Feb 13, 2023   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Scott Altman (BS '81), Astronaut & ASRC Federal Space Operating Group President
Courtney McLearin
Originating Calendar
Aerospace Engineering Seminars

Welcome and Introduction

Presentation of Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Recipients

Reach for the Stars
Growing up in the Midwest, Scott Altman’s earliest memories are dreams of flying and becoming a pilot. A key element in pursuing that dream was studying Engineering at the University of Illinois. That along with soloing at Willard was the foundation that led to flying fighters off aircraft carriers, flying in the movie Topgun and becoming at Navy test pilot. It also opened the door to NASA and enabled him to fly 4 shuttle missions, culminating in commanding Atlantis on the final Hubble servicing mission. Scott takes us on that journey, telling stories about his experiences and the roadblocks he encountered along the way. His talk includes stories about how Illinois enabled his career, performing test flights of the new F-14D and ultimately his time as an astronaut. He will also share the story of leading the astronaut office team during the investigation of the Columbia accident that took the life of three of his astronaut classmates along with four other good friends. He will share lessons learned about overcoming obstacles, creating high performing teams, and working together to accomplish what some thought was impossible, recovering from tragedy to show that we really can “Reach for the Stars!”

link for robots only