National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Ms. Nicole Stott was elected to the Board of Trustees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March of 2012 and serves as a member of the Academic and Flight Safety and Education committees.
Ms. Stott earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus in 1987. After joining NASA in 1988, she held various engineering positions at Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center, before her selection for astronaut candidate training in 2000.
In 2009, she was a mission specialist on STS-128 Space Shuttle Discovery — which was transported to the International Space Station (ISS) — to serve as a flight engineer for three months on ISS Expeditions 20 and 21. Among her many duties was a six-hour spacewalk.
Stott’s following mission — STS-133 in 2011 — made history not only as Discovery’s final flight, but also as a landmark event for Embry-Riddle. It was the first time two of the University’s graduates shared a space mission. Stott and Embry-Riddle alumnus B. Alvin Drew were crewmembers for the 13-day mission, which included two spacewalks by Drew, under Stott’s onboard direction. In addition to Stott and Drew, four other Embry-Riddle alumni are current or former astronauts.
The connection between Stott and Embry-Riddle is strong. She is a frequent speaker at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, and a member of the College of Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board. In 2009, she received the Alumni Eagle of Excellence Award. As the guest speaker at the May 2010 commencement ceremony at the Daytona Beach campus, she was presented with the University’s Distinguished Speaker Award.