Leroy Chiao is the first Chinese American NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. As a long-time Committee of 100 member, he speaks at the C-100 25th Anniversary Summit relaying his personal journey of chasing dreams to go to space.
Dr. Chiao currently serves as the special advisor for human spaceflight to the Space Foundation while holding appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine. He has worked extensively in both government and commercial space programs, and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. Chiao has extensive experience as a NASA Astronaut and prior to that, as a Research Engineer. Leroy Chiao is a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Committee of 100. Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987.
Here are a couple of videos of him sharing the lessons he learnt from being an astronaut.
Leroy Chiao 焦立中 worked at NASA for 15 years before he left the agency in 2005. A veteran of four space missions, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space – over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks).
Aside from being a Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, Leroy ‘s is also:
- uniquely qualified to speak about the United States, Russian, Japanese, European and Chinese Space Programs
- a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft
- an expert in all facets of U.S. and Russian EVA hardware and operations and is EVA certified in U.S. and Russian spacesuits, tools, and training programs
- the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China in September 2006, where he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong.
- a White House appointee at the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee from June-September 2009.
Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, he worked as a Research Engineer at Hexcel Corp. and then at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Leroy‘s speaking topics are the following:
- Leading in the International Arena
- Positioning Your Endeavor – Technology Innovation Trends
- Effective Problem Solving: How to Lead Like an Astronaut
- Is It SADS, Or Am I in Space? Medical Considerations for Spaceflight