On November 15, Capt. Scott Tingle (’87) will visit UMass Dartmouth, his alma mater, after spending 168-days in space aboard the International Space Station. Tingle will be on campus to talk about his amazing experience in low-Earth orbit and answer questions from the community. The event will take place at 11 a.m. in the Main Auditorium. Parking will be available in Lots 2 through 6.
“The return of Capt. Tingle to campus is a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear firsthand how their coursework relates to the exploration of science in space,” said Dr. Jean VanderGheynst, Dean of the College of Engineering. “But more important is the fact that Capt. Tingle is the embodiment of hard work and perseverance, a true role model to every student.”
The audience will consist of UMassD students, faculty, and staff, as well as more than 500 area middle and high school students. Fall River schools include Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School and Bishop Connolly High School. New Bedford schools include Alma del Mar Charter School, Keith Middle School and Global Learning Charter Public School. Elizabeth Hastings Middle School of Fairhaven will also attend.
Capt. Tingle received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UMass Dartmouth in 1987. A Navy pilot, he was selected by NASA in 2009 as one of the 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. Tingle spent 168 days on board the International Space Station from December 2017 to June 2018 as a part of Expedition 54/55, conducting science investigations in biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences, and technology development. In March 2018, UMass Dartmouth held a satellite downlink event with Tingle while he was in space.
There will be media availability with Capt. Tingle between 12-12:30 p.m.
Due to NASA protocol, media cannot film the event in its entirety, but are allowed to use segments.