Out of this world! NASA engineer orbits boro on school tour

Woman of the hour: Dr. Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, a senior engineer at NASA, spoke to students at The Dr. Gladstone Atwell School in Crown Heights on March 8.
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She took these developing minds to infinity and beyond!

A scientist from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration touched down in Kings County last week to share insights from her career exploring the final frontier with students of all ages.

Dr. Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan — a senior engineer for the federal agency’s Complex-Systems Design department — kicked-off her Kings County tour at Crown Heights’ MS 61 on March 8, where she spoke to more than 100 students before leading a question-and-answer session about her work to advance our understanding of the universe.

And following her visit with the middle-school scholars, the astronauts of tomorrow presented McGowan with a proclamation commending her commitment to intergalactic exploration.

The Trinidadian-American McGowan, who studied aeronautics at Indiana’s Purdue University before earning a doctorate degree in design science in engineering at the University of Michigan, then landed in Downtown, where she addressed students and faculty of New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering at its MetroTech campus on March 9, before blasting off back to her offices at the space agency’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at
Updated 5:47 pm, July 9, 2018
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