National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Lisa M. Nowak (Lieutenant Commander, USN)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born May 10, 1963, in Washington, DC. Married to Richard T.
Nowak of South Burlington, Vermont. They have one child. Enjoys bicycling, running,
skeet, sailing, gourmet cooking, rubber stamps, crossword puzzles and piano. As an
undergraduate she competed on the track team.
- Graduated from C.W. Woodward High School, Rockville, Maryland,
in 1981; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S.
Naval Academy in 1985; a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering and a
degree of aeronautical and astronautical engineer from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School,
both in 1992.
- American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics; U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association; Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society.
- Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; various other
- Nowak received her commission from the
U.S. Naval Academy in May 1985, and reported to flight school after six months of
temporary duty at Johnson Space Center. She earned her wings as a Naval Flight
Officer in June 1987, followed by Electronic Warfare School at Corry Station,
Florida, and initial A-7 training at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.
She was assigned to Electronic Warfare Aggressor Squadron 34 at Point Mugu,
California, where she flew EA-7L and ERA-3B aircraft, supporting the fleet
in small and large scale exercises with jamming and missile profiles. While
assigned to the squadron, she qualified as Mission Commander and EW Lead.
In 1992, Nowak completed two years of graduate studies at Monterey, and began
working at the Systems Engineering Test Directorate at Patuxent River,
Maryland. In 1993, she was selected for both Aerospace Engineering Duty and U.S.
Naval Test Pilot School. After graduation in June 1994, she stayed at Patuxent
River working as an aircraft systems project officer at the Air Combat Environment
Test and Evaluation Facility and at Strike Aircraft Test
Squadron, flying the F/A-18 and EA-6B. Nowak was then assigned to the Naval Air
Systems Command, working on acquisition of new systems for naval aircraft, when
she was selected for the astronaut program.
Nowak has logged over 1,100 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft.
After receiving her commission Nowak was assigned temporary duty and from June to November 1985 she provided engineering support for the JSC's Shuttle Training Aircraft Branch at Ellington, Texas. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Nowak 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, Nowak is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch.
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