Dr. Ellen Ochoa is the Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1993. Ochoa has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours. Prior to her astronaut career, she was a research engineer and an inventor, with three patents for optical systems. Ochoa is honored to have three schools named for her, the Ellen Ochoa Middle School in Pasco, Washington, Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in Cudahy, California, and Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary in Grand Prairie, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from San Diego State University, and a Master of Science Degree and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.