The U.S. Embassy brings NASA Engineer Tricia Mack to Georgia (September 16)

The U.S. Embassy brings NASA Engineer Tricia Mack to Georgia (September 16)

TBILISI, September 16, 2016 –  U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, together with San Diego State University – Georgia, are proud to welcome NASA engineer Tricia Mack to Georgia Monday, September 19, 2016, for a series of public lectures and workshops on America’s civilian space program and the role of women in science.

All are welcome to meet Tricia Mack at her public lectures:

  • Monday, September 19, 19:00, Tbilisi State University Main Auditorium, 1 Chachavadze Avenue
  • Tuesday, September 20, 16:00, Georgian National Youth Palace, 7 Rustaveli Avenue

Her lectures will focus on the importance of science and technology in education, the economy, youth development, and tourism.

Tricia Mack’s visit to Georgia was funded by U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and facilitated by San Diego State University – Georgia, a project funded by the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).  The MCC Compact with Georgia is investing $140 million over five years to improve the quality of STEM education and competitiveness of the Georgian workforce, including a focus on increasing women’s participation in STEM professions.  The compact includes a partnership between the Georgian government and San Diego State University to deliver U.S. accredited STEM bachelor’s degrees.

Tricia Mack grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.  After graduating, she was hired by NASA to work permanently.  After working for 14 years at NASA, Tricia is the group leader for the International Space Station’s Extravehicular Activities, or “spacewalks”. Tricia trains astronauts how to operate outside of the International Space Station, and serves as flight controller while astronauts performed spacewalks.  Her work on Extravehicular Activities has been essential to the success of the International Space Station.