Degree(s): Electrical Engineering, Management Science, Space Systems
Undergraduate Institution: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Graduate Institution: Florida Institute of Technology
Photo Credit: NASA
Astronaut Joan Higginbotham is an electrical engineer, astronaut, and the third Black woman to go into space. She logged over 300 hours in space as a crew member aboard the STS-116 and worked logistically with over 50 space shuttle launches. Following her career with NASA, she entered the private sector.
Fun Fact: Astronaut Higginbotham is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.