National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Sandra H. Magnus (Ph.D.)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born October 30, 1964 in Belleville, Illinois.
Married to Robert Magnus. Enjoys soccer, reading, travel, water activities.
- Graduated from Belleville West High School, Belleville, Illinois, in 1982; received a bachelor degree in physics and a master degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 and 1990, respectively, and a doctorate from the School of Material Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996.
- ASM/TMS (Metallurgical/Material Society) Material Research
- Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
(1994 and 1996), Saturn Team Award (1994), Performance Bonus Award (1989).
- During 1986 to 1991, Magnus worked for McDonnell Douglas
Aircraft Company as a stealth engineer where she worked on internal research and
development studying the effectiveness of RADAR signature reduction techniques.
She was also assigned to the Navy's A-12 Attack Aircraft program primarily
working on the propulsion system until the program was cancelled. From 1991 to 1996,
Magnus completed her thesis work which was supported by NASA-Lewis Research Center
through a Graduate Student Fellowship and involved investigations on materials of
interest for "Scandate" thermionic cathodes. Thermodynamic equilibria studies
along with conductivity and emission
measurements on compounds in the Ba O·SC
2O3·WO3 ternary system were conducted to identify compounds with potential use in these types of cathodes.
- Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Magnus reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996.
Having completed two years of training and evaluation, she is qualified
for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Currently, Dr. Magnus is
assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Payloads/Habitability
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