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STA luncheon with Janet Kavandi,

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485, Washington, DC, US, 20510

The Space Transportation Association is hosting a luncheon with Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director, Glenn Research Center, NASA. Please find her bio below.

Topic? Dr. Kavandi will provide an end-of-year review of Glenn Research Center and an outlook for programs in 2017 and beyond.

When? Thursday, January 12, 11:30am-1:00pm.

Where? Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485.

Metro / Parking? Nearest Metro stop is Union Station. There is a parking garage behind Union Station, as well as limited street parking in the area.

Attendees? One to two representatives per company.

Price? No charge, this event is a Widely Attended Gathering. Details below.

RSVP? RSVP by Wednesday, December 21.

Register? To register, email Rich Coleman at or phone Rich at 703-855-3917. Event is by invitation only.

Look forward to seeing you!

Rich Coleman
Space Transportation Association
Phone: 703-855-3917

More on WAG: House, Senate, and Executive Branch employees, please contact your Ethics Counselor prior to the event to determine if you are authorized to accept free attendance under WAG rule (5 CFR 2635.204 (g)). If your Ethics Counselor deems you must pay to attend; the fair market value is $20.

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi serves as Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In this position, she is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the center. Glenn is engaged in research, technology, and systems development in support of the nation’s space propulsion, space power, space communications, aeronautical propulsion, microgravity sciences, and materials development programs. The Glenn staff consists of more than 3,200 civil service and support contractor employees and has an annual budget of approximately $625 million. Prior to accepting the director’s position, Dr. Kavandi served as Glenn’s Deputy Director.

Before coming to Glenn, Dr. Kavandi worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she served as the Director of Flight Crew Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the Astronaut Corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field. Dr. Kavandi also served as the Deputy Director of the Health and Human Performance Directorate, where she ­­­­­­­­­was responsible for the NASA flight surgeons and human research investigations on the International Space Station (ISS).

Dr. Kavandi was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994 as a member of the fifteenth class of U.S. astronauts. During her time in the Astronaut Office, she supported ISS payload integration, capsule communications, robotics, and served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. She is a veteran of three space flights, serving as a mission specialist on STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 in 2000, and STS-104 in 2001. Dr. Kavandi has logged more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits.

Born in Springfield, Missouri, she earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, a master of science degree in chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and her doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Kavandi has been recognized with a Presidential Rank Award, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two Exceptional Service Medals and three NASA Space Flight Medals.

Dr. Kavandi and her husband, John, have two adult children.


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