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College of Engineering Graduate Chosen for NASA Astronaut Training

U.S. Navy Commander Scott D. Tingle among nine people selected by NASA from 3,500 applicants

U.S. Navy Commander Scott D. Tingle, a UMass Dartmouth mechanical engineering alumnus, is among nine people selected by NASA for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. The group, selected from 3,500 applicants, will begin training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in August.

Tingle, who grew up in Attleboro and now resides in Hollywood, MD, is a test pilot and assistant program manager-Systems Engineering at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.  ""The excitement of being asked to join this incredible team was overwhelming," Tingle said in an interview posted on NASA's web site. "I planned an educational and training path focused on my interests which included science, engineering and flying, and then stuck to it."

"Scotty was one of my favorite students,'' said Dr. Ron DiPippo, who had Tingle in his UMass Dartmouth engineering classes and recalled his student's energy and leadership skills.  "He is full of life and enthusiasm, a hard-working guy with a terrific sense of humor and lofty ambitions. He was a great classmate to his colleagues and sparked a camaraderie in his class that survives to this day...His life's dream has just come true."

"This is a very talented and diverse group we've selected," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations at NASA headquarters. "They will join our current astronauts and play very important roles for NASA in the future. In addition to flying in space, astronauts participate in every aspect of human spaceflight, sharing their expertise with engineers and managers across the country.

"We look forward to working with them as we transcend from the shuttle to our future exploration of space and continue the important engineering and scientific discoveries aboard the International Space Station," Gerstenmaier added in a statement.

The other astronaut candidates include Serena M. Aunon, League City, Texas; Jeanette J. Epps, Fairfax, VA; Jack D. Fischer, Reston, VA; Michael S. Hopkins, Alexandria, VA; Kjell N. Lindgren, League City, Texas; Kathleen Rubins, Cambridge, MA; Mark T. Vande Hei, El Lago, Texas; and Gregory R. Wiseman, Virginia Beach, VA.

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Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  15-Jul-2009
Department:   News & Public Information

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