I think I fangirl'ed over Dr. Robert Dempsey as much as I did Danica McKellar (click here) last week. Dr. Dempsey has THE coolest job as NASA Flight Director for the International Space Station, as well as one of the most stressful jobs ever. And, he's a graduate of the University of Toledo!
Dr. Dempsey received his master's and doctoral degrees in physics from UT in 1987 & 1991. He then worked as an astronomer on the Hubble Space Telescope from 1992 to 1997 and for United Space Alliance from 1997 to 2003. He joined NASA as a communications and tracking officer for the International Space Station in 2003 before becoming Flight Director for the ISS at Mission Control Houston in 2005.
As Flight Director, he has the lives of ISS astronauts in his charge as well as more than $100-Billion in high tech equipment. If something goes wrong, it's his job to figure out the solution. As in the movie Apollo 13, "Failure is not an option."
After his speech, I was able to help arrange for him to sign a bun for the wall at the legendary Tony Packo's restaurant.
Listen to my fascinating conversation with Dr. Robert Dempsey below.