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Col. Timothy Kopra, left, and Director of Alumni Development John O'Dell hold a framed UH pennant that flew in space as part of Bauer College's Cougars on the Prowl series. Jake Delap, an EMBA candidate who will graduate in May, arranged for Kopra to take the pennant to the International Space Center on STS 127, where he was in orbit for nearly two months before returning to Earth on STS 128.

The Bauer College Alumni Association hosted NASA astronaut Colonel Timothy Kopra at its monthly networking breakfast sponsored by James E. Bashaw & Co. on Thursday, April 15.

Kopra discussed his career in space exploration and what it means to be a part of the last planned mission of the space shuttle program, STS-133, scheduled for this September.

His talk came at a time when the fate of future programs at Johnson Space Center remains uncertain due to proposed cuts.

Kopra began his NASA career in 1998 as a vehicle integration test engineer. He was selected as an astronaut in July 2000 and went on to complete two years of intensive space shuttle, space station, and T-38 flight training.  In 2009, he completed his first space flight, logging two months in space and completing one spacewalk.

Before joining NASA, Kopra dedicated more than a decade of service to the U.S. Military as an Army aviator. He served a tour of duty in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm under the 3rd Armored Division and served as the developmental test director for the Comanche helicopter program.

NASA astronaut Colonel Timothy Kopra spoke about his involvement in the last planned mission of the space shuttle program during the April monthly networking breakfast.

Held monthly, the Bauer College Alumni Association’s breakfasts combine engaging speakers like Kopra with rich networking opportunities for Bauer College alumni, corporate partners and supporters.

“The breakfast series has become a center of focus for networking among our alums, both recent and from years past,” said Jerry Portele (BS ’96), second vice president of the Bauer College Alumni Association and event chairman. “Having such exceptional speakers at these events only makes them more valuable as way of attracting larger groups of alumni. From energy policy, Houston sports, to healthcare and now NASA, our speakers present fascinating topics that should not be missed.”

By Lori Reichardt

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