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UC Davis Alumnus to Make Fourth Space Flight

February 1, 2010

Photo: Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson

Astronaut and UC Davis alumnus Stephen Robinson is scheduled to lift off on the space shuttle Endeavour Feb. 7 for a two-week mission to the International Space Station. This will be Robinson's fourth space mission.

Bruce White, dean of the UC Davis College of Engineering, has known Robinson since he was an undergraduate.

"Steve has always been amazingly focused, curious and talented. I'm not surprised by what he has done with his life. And, as busy as his NASA career has been, Steve manages to come back to campus for visits, shares his time unselfishly with our students and also sponsors a scholarship fund. We are very proud of him," White said.

White is available to comment on Robinson's undergraduate studies, about his academic training as preparation to be an astronaut, and about his links to UC Davis and to the College of Engineering.

Robinson, a native of Sacramento, graduated from UC Davis in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering. He also has a master's and a doctorate from Stanford University.

As an undergraduate at UC Davis, Robinson took jobs at the university airport and played the sousaphone in the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh. As an alumnus, he established a scholarship for engineering students in financial need. More information and anecdotes about Robinson's links to UC Davis can be found at http://www.ucdavis.edu/spotlight/0805/aggienaut.html.

A video of Robinson's 2005 public lecture at UC Davis is available on iTunesU http://iTunes.ucdavis.edu.

More information about this mission (STS-130) is available at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts130/index.html.

Requests for interviews with Robinson should be directed to the Public Affairs office at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

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