Astronaut Signs on to Join ISU Aerospace Program

NASA astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, mission specialist

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By Rachel Begle

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A former astronaut who flew two trips to the International Space Station will join Iowa State University's aerospace engineering program.

Clayton Anderson, an Omaha, Neb., native and an ISU graduate, will work with freshmen aerospace engineering students, engaging them in hands-on problem solving and helping design cutting-edge research projects.

Anderson received a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1983. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1998 and flew missions in 2007 and 2010.

Rich Wlezien, chair of the university's aerospace engineering department says Anderson's experience in all aspects of human space flight will be highly relevant to the students as the era of commercial space access emerges.

Anderson will begin as a distinguished faculty fellow at Iowa State in October.

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