September 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Ellen Ochoa (1958–)

Engineer, Astronaut

A California native, Dr. Ellen Ochoa is the world's first Latina astronaut. She has logged four space flights, spending over 978 hours in space. Ochoa, who earned her B.S. in physics from CSU San Diego and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford, is currently director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and has also been a mission specialist and flight engineer. She is a co-inventor on three patents related to optical systems. Her numerous honors include four Space Flight Medals and the Distinguished Service Medal from NASA.

A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math

The September calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo courtesy of NASA.