Pictured above – NASA astronaut and Tennessee Tech alumnus Barry “Butch” Wilmore at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

During the live event Tech will host local students who will ask questions of Barry Wilmore.

Tennessee Tech University will host a video chat with NASA astronaut, university trustee and two-time alumnus Barry “Butch” Wilmore live from the International Space Station Friday, May 10 at 2:45 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Roaden University Center (Rm. 282 of the Roaden University Center at 1000 North Dixie Avenue) on Tech’s campus.

The event is free and open to the community. Wilmore and fellow astronaut Suni Williams are set to launch Monday, May 6 at 9:34 p.m. as part of the Boeing Crew Flight Test bound for the International Space Station aboard the Starliner aircraft and United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

During the live event Tech will host local students who will ask questions of Wilmore. No questions will be taken from the public, but all are invited to attend to show support.

The conversation will air live on NASA TV and will be shared afterward on the agency’s digital platforms.

Butch Wilmore.

“Tennessee Tech is deeply proud to have Butch Wilmore as an alumnus, trustee and friend,” said Tech President Phil Oldham. “Through his incredible career achievements, Butch shows our students what a Tech degree makes possible and what it means to live a life of service and impact. The entire Golden Eagle community is cheering him on.”

Oldham says Wilmore has made an “undeniable” mark on Tech’s campus.

“From his years on our football team, to his time on our board of trustees, to this historic event, Butch’s indelible mark on our campus is undeniable,” said Oldham. “We are grateful that he remains closely connected to Tech and we express our utmost gratitude to NASA for making this event possible.”

Wilmore, a Mt. Juliet native who holds two degrees and an honorary doctorate from Tech, recently previewed his upcoming video chat in a conversation with reporters, calling his alma mater “the finest university in the nation.” 

He is also a member of the university’s Sports Hall of Fame and the recipient of Tech’s 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Engineering. His term on the university’s board of trustees extends from 2017 to 2026.

Photo by Robert Markowitz/NASA.

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