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Traditions Lunch – Mike Fossum ’80
When: 2nd Monday
Time: 11:30 Networking, Lunch from Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Grotto, 4715 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
Cost: $25 covers both lunch and dessert.
Parking: valet or complimentary
Michael E. Fossum is a Vice President of Texas A&M University and the Chief Operating Officer of the
Galveston Campus, a special purpose institution fulfilling Texas A&M’s sea-grant mission. Fossum joined
Texas A&M following his retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) –
Johnson Space Center in 2017.
Fossum is a veteran of three space flights with more than 194 days in space and more than 48 hours in
seven spacewalks during his 19 years as an astronaut. During his last mission in 2011, Fossum served as
the Commander of the International Space Station. He has logged over 2,000 hours in 35 different
aircraft throughout the course of his career.
Fossum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and
was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1980. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force
Test Pilot School and has earned Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering and Physical