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Andrea Hanson, BSChE’02, receives Young Alumni Achievement Award

Andrea Hanson works at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where her expertise is in determining the best ways for astronauts to stay fit in space and to optimize performance of mission critical tasks. Up until a recent promotion, Hansen spent most of her time at NASA as part of the team implementing the exercise program for astronauts on the International Space Station. In her new position as Manager for the Central Nervous System/Behavioral Medicine/Sensory Motor Portfolio, Hanson is especially involved in the planning for a manned Mars mission.

Hanson grew up in Lake Park, Minn., and studied chemical engineering at UND. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, the Society of Women Engineers and the Student Alumni Association. Hanson also worked as a counselor at Space Camp in Alabama during the summers, which influenced her decision to pursue a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering with an emphasis in Bioastronautics and Microgravity Sciences at the University of Colorado. After post-doc work at the University of Washington, Hanson landed her dream job with NASA.

Before the Sioux Awards ceremony, Hanson was honored at a reception at the College of Engineering & Mines’ Chemical Engineering department.