Just three days following the historic April 8 solar eclipse, Temple College will host a community event featuring Temple High School graduate Keelan Hamilton, NASA research integration subject matter expert for the International Space State Program Research Office at the Johnson Space Center.

NASA Speaking Event

The public is invited to Temple College for an interactive event with Hamilton that begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Temple College Pavilion.

Registration is available online through Temple College’s Eventbrite page.

Hamilton, a TC and Temple High School alumnus, will discuss how the International Space Station advances NASA’s mission of living and working in space, and how the agency can leverage the unique orbital path of the space station in low Earth orbit to observe our planet and the effects of climate change on humanity. He will also discuss the unique environment microgravity that researchers from around the world are able to use to test their theories and ideas.

This will be an interactive event with an opportunity for questions and answers.

Hamilton attended Meredith Elementary School, Travis Middle School and Temple High School, where he graduated in 1990. He also attended Temple College to complete and transfer hours towards his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M.

Hamilton holds a B.S. in chemistry from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in organic chemistry from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Before joining NASA, Keelan worked at the Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, where he was responsible for running a high-throughput laboratory core facility to make DNA primers for the sequencing effort. Joining NASA in 2006, Keelan worked with the Crew and Thermal Systems Division, where he helped certify items for use by the crew in flight aboard the Space Shuttle and ISS, including lithium hydroxide for the removal of CO2 in the cabin and EVA Suits, crew equipment and assisting in air revitalization system development for future spacecraft.

For more information, contact Temple College’s Workforce and Continuing Education Division at 254-298-8625 or email wce@templejc.edu.


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