First African-American Astronaut Guion Bluford to Speak at WPI

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As part of its Black History Month celebrations, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is presenting a talk by Dr. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., the first African-American in space.

Bluford's speech, "Where do we go from here," will focus on what is next for America's space program, and how to increase the participation and role of minorities in science and engineering.

The event is sponsored by WPI's Minority Affairs Office, the Office of Student Activities, and Residential Services.


Monday, February 7, 2005
4:00 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center, Odeum (top level)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.




Dr. Guion S. Bluford, Jr. is president of The Aerospace Technology Group (ATG), an aerospace technology and business consulting organization specializing in aviation and space-related technology development, analysis, and marketing-related activities.

Prior to joining the private sector, Bluford served 29 years in the United States Air Force as an Air Force tactical fighter pilot in Vietnam, instructor pilot, staff development engineer, branch chief of the Aerodynamics and Airframe Branch of the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory, and NASA astronaut. He has over 5,200 hours of jet flight time in ten different aircrafts.

For NASA, Bluford was a mission specialist and payload commander astronaut on four space shuttle missions. He was selected in the first class of space shuttle astronauts in 1978, and was the first African-American to fly in space in 1983 aboard space shuttle Challenger. In addition, he flew on a Spacelab flight as payload commander in 1985, a Department of Defense Strategic Defense Initiative Office flight in 1991, and a classified Department of Defense flight in 1992. He has logged over 688 hours in space. In 1997, he was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame.

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For more information, contact WPI's Minority Affairs Office at 508-831-5796, or by e-mail at mao@wpi.edu.