More Honors for Tau Bates and Success in Space

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Texas A&M Professor Earns Award
CCNY Student Honored by Palantir
SpaceX Returns from ISS


Texas A&M Professor Earns Award

Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D., TX Epsilon ’83, former astronaut, TEES Eminent Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, for “leadership and contributions in aerospace engineering; work spanning industry, academia, and government; a commitment to furthering engineering and science education at Texas A&M; and outreach to K-12 students.”


CCNY Student Honored by Palantir

Grace McGrath, NY Eta ’21, of the Macaulay Honors College program at The City College of New York is one of 10 undergraduates named 2020 Palantir Women In Technology Scholars. The highly competitive program, created by software manufacturer Palantir, is open to students in U.S., Canadian and Mexican institutions majoring in or planning to major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) fields. 

The Palantir Scholarship adds to McGrath’s numerous awards at CCNY. She’s a member of Tau Beta Pi, CCNY Dean’s List, 2019-2020 S Jay Levy Fellow, and received a 2019 Turner Construction Engineering Scholarship through the Society of Women Engineers.


SpaceX Returns from ISS

Lt. Col. Douglas G. (Doug) Hurley, LA Beta ’88, and
Robert L. (Bob) Behnken, Ph.D., MO Gamma ’92

After more than two months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth on August 2, parachuting through the planet’s skies in a SpaceX Dragon capsule. The pair splashed down at 2:48 p.m. ET in the Gulf of Mexico—a site off the coast of the Florida Panhandle and far enough west to avoid the winds and rain of Hurricane Isaias.

The pair’s journey home concludes a history-making test flight called Demo-2, which returned crewed spaceflight capabilities to the United States after a nearly 10-year hiatus. The mission lifted off on May 30, marking the first time NASA astronauts piloted a spacecraft that’s owned and operated by a commercial company, rather than the space agency itself.


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