November 8-11 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York

Speaker

Matthew R. Abbott

Matthew R. Abbott (1980) began his career at the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative education student while studying Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 1985, he joined NASA as a Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) and subsequently supported 8 Space Shuttle missions during the orbit phase, 11 Space Shuttle landings, and 27 Space Shuttle launches from the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas. From 1997-2001, he served the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal as the Mobile Servicing System Space Operations Lead Engineer in support of the Canadian ISS robotic elements. Selected by NASA as a Flight Director in October 2000, Matt returned to Houston in January 2001 and was certified for ISS operations the following November. He served as the deputy lead Flight Director for ISS Expeditions 5 and 8, and as lead Flight Director for ISS Expedition 9. In October 2004 he traveled to Astana, Kazakhstan, to support the Expedition 9 crew's landing. In April 2005 , he traveled to Russia to assist in the launch of the Soyuz rocket carrying the Expedition 11 crew to the ISS. In 2005, Matt Abbott was awarded NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal.
Matthew R. Abbott
Flight Director, NASA Johnson Space Center