Former astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison to address Clemson convocation
CLEMSON — Former NASA astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison will give the keynote address Tuesday at the Victor Hurst Convocation as Clemson University begins its academic year.
The convocation starts at 9 a.m. in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The convocation will be streamed live on ClemsonTV.
Also speaking will be President James P. Clements; Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Robert H. Jones; and Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries, who will introduce Jemison. Jemison was invited to speak by the Clemson University Libraries.
Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel to space, flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in September 1992.
Prior to joining NASA, Jemison was area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia for two and a half years. A general practice doctor in Los Angeles, Jemison earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and the requirements for an A.B. degree in African and Afro-American Studies at Stanford University and her M.D. from Cornell University.
She currently is leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS) an initiative seed-funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency to ensure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group Inc., that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies, such as their projects on using satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.