National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper (Lieutenant Commander, USN)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born February 7, 1963 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Married to Glenn A. Piper. They have one child. She enjoys scuba diving,
swimming, running, roller blading, ice skating. As an undergraduate, she competed
in intercollegiate athletics on MIT's crew team. Her mother, Adelheid Stefanyshyn,
resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father, Michael Stefanyshyn, is deceased.
His parents, Glenn & Gerry Piper, reside in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
- Graduated from Derham Hall High School, St. Paul,
Minnesota, in 1980; received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical
engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984, and a master
of science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1985.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
- Received "VADM C.R. Bryan Award" Class 2-88B,
Engineering Duty Officer Basic Course. Awarded Meritorious Service Medal, 2
Navy Commendation Medals, 2 Navy Achievement Medals, and other service
medals. "Most Valuable Player Award" MIT Women's Crew in 1982.
- Stefanyshyn-Piper received her commission
from the Navy ROTC Program at MIT in June 1985. She completed training at the
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida as a Navy Basic
Diving Officer and Salvage Officer. She completed several tours of duty as an
Engineering Duty Officer in the area of ship maintenance and repair. She
qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). In
September 1994, Stefanyshyn-Piper reported to the Naval Sea Systems
Command as Underwater Ship Husbandry Operations Officer for the
Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. In that capacity, she advised
fleet diving activities in the repair of naval vessels while
waterborne. Additionally she is a qualified and experienced salvage officer.
Major salvage projects include: development of salvage plan for the Peruvian
Navy salvage of the Peruvian submarine PACOCHA; and de-stranding of the
tanker EXXON HOUSTON, off the coast of Barber's Point, on the island of
- Selected as an astronaut candidate by
NASA in April 1996, Stefanyshyn-Piper 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, Stefanyshyn-Piper is assigned to the Astronaut
Office Flight Support Branch where she serves as a member of the
Astronaut Support Personnel team at the Kennedy Space Center,
supporting Space Shuttle launches and landings.
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