Thought Leader Series

Ignite your curiosity and grow your passion for space and science at our monthly Thought Leader Series. The best and brightest minds examine the significance of historic missions, share the latest news in space exploration and look ahead to the future of space travel. This immersive series takes guests beyond our walls to provide inspiring, engaging and educational learning experiences.

Upcoming Thought Leader Series presentation

Spacesuits

June 24 | 6 p.m. CT

Join us at 6 p.m. CT June 24 for our next Thought Leader Series installment. Presented by The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), this month’s presentation will feature spacesuits.

To continue our commitment to bring dynamic science learning experiences to the public, please join the June Thought Leader Series virtually at 6 p.m. CT June 24. The presentation will be available on this webpage and our YouTube channel.

About the panel

Panelists include astronaut Nicole Stott, ILC Dover fellow David Graziosi, and Amy Ross, NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) space suit engineer.

Stott is a senior technical advisor for ILC Dover Astrospace and a veteran of two spaceflights. She logged 104 days living and working in space as a crewmember on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle. Stott was just the 10th woman to perform a spacewalk. She also flew the robotic arm to capture the first H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), worked with her international crew in support of the multi-disciplinary science onboard the orbiting laboratory, and painted a watercolor.

Graziosi is a fellow at the ILS Dover Houston operation. He has 30 years of experience in the development of spacesuits and spacesuit components, including Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Enhancements, Phase VI Extravehicular activity (EVA) spacesuit gloves, Mark III Suit Enhancements, all versions of the I-Suit Advanced Planetary EVA suits, several recent launch and entry (LEA) spacesuits, StratEx space dive suit, and NASA’s Z-1 and Z-2 spacesuits. Graziosi holds three US patents that include spacesuit technology and inflatable wing structures.

Ross is a space suit engineer in the Crew and Thermal Systems Division at JSC. She joined NASA in 1996. Her current role is in rotation as the assistant chief engineer for the International Space Station Program. She has experience working on the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) Pressure Garment Subsystem (PGS), specifically focusing on design, fabrication, qualification testing, and flight hardware delivery. She also worked on the Z-2 prototype surface exploration EVA spacesuit development and testing, including the first simulated weightless environment (in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory) of a surface EVA suit since 1990.

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