NASA Astronaut, Assistant Director of University Research/ Affairs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA
Inducted in 2000
Bonnie Dunbar is a professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and serves as director of the Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation.
As NASA mission specialist astronaut and veteran of five space flights, Bonnie spent over 50 days in space. She served as the payload commander on two flights, including the first space shuttle docking mission to the Russian Space Station, Mir.
Before working with NASA, she was a senior research engineer at the Rockwell International Space Division, where she helped develop the equipment and processes for manufacturing the thermal protection system for the space shuttle.
She also received: the Exceptional Service Award from NASA; the University of Houston Distinguished Engineering Alumna; the President's Award from the Materials Research Society; the Schwaltzwalder P.A.C.E. Award from the ACerS; the University of Washington Engineering Alumni Achievement; Exceptional Service Medal from NASA; General Jimmy Doolittle Fellow of the Aerospace Education Foundation; the Public Service in Space Award from the Evergreen Safety Council; the Greaves-Walker Award from the ACerS; and the Rockwell International Engineer of the Year.