2012 Graduation Ceremony Information

Undergraduate Ceremony Keynote Speaker: Dr. Garrett E. Reisman

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Garrett E. Reisman earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He went on to receive his master's and doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

Dr. Reisman was selected by NASA as a Mission Specialist in June 1998. After completing Astronaut Candidate Training, Dr. Reisman was assigned to the Astronaut Office Robotics Branch where he worked primarily on the Space Station robotic arm.  In June 2003, he was a crew member on NEEMO V, living on the bottom of the sea in the Aquarius habitat for two weeks.

In 2008, Dr. Reisman completed his first spaceflight mission, serving as a flight engineer during Expedition 16/17 to the International Space Station. He launched with the STS-123 crew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on March 11, 2008 and returned to Earth 102 days later with the crew of STS-124 aboard Discovery on June 14, 2008. During his three-month tour of duty aboard the orbiting laboratory, Dr. Reisman performed one spacewalk totaling more than seven hours and executed numerous tasks with the Space Station robotic arm and the new robotic manipulator, Dextre.

During Dr. Reisman's second space mission, STS-132, he served as Mission Specialist 1 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which launched on May 14, 2010.  During the STS-132 mission, Dr. Reisman operated the ISS robotic arm and installed the Russian-built Mini Research Module to the ISS.  During 7 days of docked operations, Dr. Reisman conducted two spacewalks, logging 14 hours and 11 minutes of EVA.  During these two spacewalks, Dr. Reisman installed a spare antenna and a stowage platform for Dextre, replaced the last of the P6 truss batteries and retrieved a power data grapple fixture. 

Dr. Reisman left NASA in March 2011 and is currently working for SpaceX in Hawthorne, California.