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Veteran NASA Astronaut Presents Lecture at College of Law

Loyola press release - October 27, 2006

Veteran NASA Astronaut Presents Lecture at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

(New Orleans)— Former NASA astronaut William F. Readdy will be the featured speaker at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Tuesday, November 28. The lecture, “The Return to Flight after the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy - The Phoenix Rises,” scheduled for 6 p.m. in College of Law Room 306 on Loyola’s Broadway campus, is free and open to the public.

Readdy is the founder of Discovery Partners International L.L.C., an Arlington, Va.-based consulting firm that partners with clients from Fortune 500 mid-cap companies to small business as well as government agencies to engineer strategies for leadership, operational, and management improvement. He founded the company in 2005 following a distinguished 30-year career with the United States Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

After joining NASA in 1986, Readdy was appointed the agency’s associate administrator for space operations in 2001. Over the next three years at NASA headquarters, he led a $6 billion-a-year enterprise comprising five major programs, four field installations, and more than 40,000 civil servant and contractor employees.

As a Navy test pilot, Readdy has more than 7,000 hours total flight time in over 60 types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and 500 carrier landings. A veteran pilot astronaut with three space flights (January 1992, September 1993, September 1996) to his credit, he has logged more than 672 hours in space.

Readdy was honored as a Meritorious Rank Executive by President George W. Bush in 2003 and in 2005 was awarded NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for the second time. He has also been the recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal three times and the Exceptional Service Medal twice. Readdy had been honored with numerous national and international aviation and space awards, and has been recognized for his contributions to aerospace safety.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5888 or publaff@loyno.edu.