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2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Zhang Yuan-Qiao (former Manager of the Thermal Control System in Space Shuttle, NASA)

Doctor Zhang Yuan-Qiao, a NTNU graduate in the Department of Physics in 1964, had been the manager of the thermal control system in space shuttle, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1981 to May 2009. In the duration, Dr. Zhang had participated 121 times out of 126 launching, and had taken the leading role in the thermal control system in space shuttle for 81 times. Current Mission Management Chairman John Shannon recognized Dr. Zhang’s contribution to NASA and commented that his ability was “immeasurable”.