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Former Astronaut Visits Lausanne

It is not often you get to meet the first astronaut who tweeted from space, but at Lausanne every day offers an extraordinary experience for its students.  

In an effort to inform students about STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Lausanne had the pleasure of hosting Columbia University Professor, Dr. Michael Massimino.

Dr. Massimino is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University’s The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Senior Advisor of Space Programs at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, a former NASA astronaut, and of course, the first man to tweet from space. He also has made several appearances on the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” and is a host of the Science Channel’s series “The Planets.”

“This is great for our students because it exposes them to career options they might not have considered before,” said Director of College Advising John Hawkins. “And others who were already considering a STEM career have the opportunity to hear from someone who chose this path and is flourishing in their role.”  

During the presentation, Dr. Massimino spoke to Lausanne upper school students about the path that led him to where he is now, working at NASA and going to space and the importance of college and following your dreams while answering questions about Columbia University and working in a related field.

“Extraordinary things can happen to you, and there is no reason why they can’t, so when I got out of college and I was thinking about pursuing this dream I had, I thought it might not be an easy thing to do but why not crazier things have happened,” said Dr. Massimino. “The best thing that happened to me was getting the chance to go to college.”