Retired space shuttle mission manager to address Eastern Oklahoma College graduates during Commencement on May 10


WILBURTON, OK (April 26, 2013) – Retired Boeing Company Engineer and Space Shuttle Mission Manager Evelyn Jo Whisenhunt-Guthery will be the keynote speaker at Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the C.C. Dunlap Field House in Wilburton.

Approximately 300 Eastern graduates are eligible to participate in this year’s ceremony. The event will begin with a Commencement Celebration picnic at 5 p.m. in the amphitheatre outside the Student Center. The meal is free to students and their family and friends.

A 1972 Eastern math and physics graduate, Whisenhunt-Guthery had a distinguished career as an engineer and scientist with more than 20 years of experience in space exploration. She has worked in science and engineering, research and development, rocket and spacecraft analysis, project management and real-time space flight operations.

Whisenhunt-Guthery retired from The Boeing Company earlier this month after serving in a variety of roles. Most recently, she was in business acquisition for the International Space Station. She also served as an engineering multi-skill leader was assigned as a mission manager in the Space Exploration Division’s Space Shuttle Program. She is currently volunteering with the NASA Retirement Group.

Whisenhunt-Guthery earned a bachelor’s degree in civil-structural engineering, a master’s degree in experimental mechanics and computer applications, and a partial doctoral degree in biomedicine from the University of Houston.

She was inducted into the Eastern Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

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