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07-02-2014

"Voice of NASA's Mission to Mars" Steven Squyres to Speak at Clarkson University Alumni Reunion July 12

Researcher, astronomer and "voice of NASA's mission to Mars" Steven Squyres will speak at Clarkson University as this year's Alumni Association Reunion Keynote Speaker.

Steven SquyresThe public is invited to hear Squyres deliver his keynote address at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, in the Student Center Forum (#13 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf). Squyres, who is best known as the face and voice of NASA's mission to Mars, will share his thoughts on how to foster innovation under tight constraints and how design and invention got us to Mars.

The pioneering drive across the Martian surface by robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity, initially expected to last 90 days, has continued for more than nine years. The development of the rovers required more than 4,000 highly motivated engineers and scientists.

Squyres is a professor of astronomy at Cornell University and the principal investigator for the science payload on the Mars Exploration Rover Project. He has participated in many of NASA’s planetary exploration missions, including Voyager, Magellan, Cassini and the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Mission. A recipient of numerous awards in his field, Squyres also has served as an Aquanaut for the NEEMO 15 and 16 projects.



This is the third year of the Alumni Association Reunion Keynote Speaker Series, which in the past has featured Alexandra Cousteau and John Ratzenberger. Visit http://www.clarkson.edu/alumni/reunion/schedule_of_events.html for more information on Clarkson's Alumni Reunion.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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