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Ochoa Appointed to Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Houston Branch Board

For immediate release: November 8, 2012

DALLAS—The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has appointed Ellen Ochoa of Houston to the Bank’s Houston Branch board of directors for the unexpired portion of a three-year term ending December 31, 2012.

Ochoa is eligible for reappointment to a full three-year term in 2013.

In her role as a board member, Ochoa will provide input on regional economic conditions as part of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy functions.

Ochoa is an astronaut, research engineer and inventor. She currently serves as deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

She became the first Hispanic woman to go into space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. An astronaut since 1991, she has flown four times and logged nearly 1,000 hours in space.

Ochoa is a coinventor on three patents for optical systems and has presented numerous papers at technical conferences and in scientific journals.

She is a board member of the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation and previously served on the board of trustees of Stanford University.

She is honored to have two schools named for her, the Ellen Ochoa Middle School in Pasco, Wash., and the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in Cudahy, Calif.

Ochoa holds a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

The Houston board consists of seven members, four appointed by the Dallas Fed board and three by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

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