NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced that Dr. S. Alan Stern will be the agency's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, effective April 2. Stern succeeds Dr. Mary L. Cleave who announced her retirement.

Stelios Kyriakides has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Wallace Fowler has been selected to receive the 2007 University of Texas Women in Engineering Advocate Award.

Professor Hans Mark will be honored for his contributions to the U.S. military space program at the annual meeting of the American Astronautical Society.

When Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson made her first trip to space July 4 on the STS-121 crew, she became the eighth UT engineer in space and the second African American woman to achieve that feat. The shuttle returned to earth safely on July 17.