BIRTH DATE/PLACE: Born May 10, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA. She considers La Mesa, CA to be her hometown. Her mother, Rosanne Ochoa resides in La Mesa.
PHYSICAL DISCRIPTION: Brown hair; blue eyes; 5 feet 5 inches; 108 pounds
EDUCATION: Graduated from Grssomot High School. La Mesa, CA, in 1975; received a bachlors of science degree in Physics from San Diego State University in 1980, a masters of science and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1981 and in 1985, respectively.
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Coe Fulmer Miles of Molalla, Oregon
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Classical flutest and private pilot. She also enjoys volleyball and bicycling.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA), Phi Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies.
SPECIAL HONORS: Valedictorian of San Diego State University in 1980. Recipient of the Stanford Engineering Fellowship (1980-81) and the IBM Predoctral Fellowship ((1982-1984). Hispanic Engineer as Most Promising Engineer in Government (1989). Hispanic Magazine Science Achievment Award (1991). Huston Outstanding Women in Science and Technology (1993). Congressional Hispanic Caucus Medallion of Excellence (1993). Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Engineering Achievement Award (1994).
CARRER WITH NASA: Selected by NASA in January of 1990, Dr. Ochoa became an Astronaut in July 1991. Her technical assignments to date include flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), crew representative for in flight software and computer hardware development, and crew representative for robotics testing, development and training. A veteran of two space flights, Dr. Ochoa has logged over 484 hours in space.