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Ellen Ochoa

Government Executive
Houston, Texas

Ellen Ochoa Ellen Ochoa joined the Dallas Fed board in 2017, having previously served on the Bank’s Houston Branch board beginning in 2012.  Ochoa currently serves as the 11th director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, for which she was selected in 2012 following earlier NASA assignments as a manager, astronaut and engineer.  She serves on the Dallas Fed Board in her personal capacity. 

Ochoa is a co-inventor on three patents and author of numerous technical papers.  She became the first Hispanic woman to go into space in 1993 and has logged nearly 1,000 hours in space. 

She has been honored with the Harvard Foundation Science Award, Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award, Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Humanity and Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, in addition to various NASA awards.  Ochoa is also honored to have five schools named for her, including one in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Ochoa earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from San Diego State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.  

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