Former Friendswood graduate Amy Ross will be honored by the Friendswood Education Foundation and the FHS Alumni Association at the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Banquet on October 10.
A 1989 graduate of Friendswood High School, Amy Ross is an advanced space suit designer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The daughter of retired astronaut Jerry Ross, and mother Karen, who previously was a food technologist with a NASA contractor, Amy was destined for an“out-of-this-world” career in the space industry.
Ross earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree inmechanical engineering at Purdue University in Indiana. Her career in the aerospace industry officially began in 1990 as a co-op student through the NASACooperative Education Program. She joined NASA full-time in 1996.
Early in her career, Ross worked with industry leaders on designing a new type of glove for astronauts, which is still in use today. Her current focus is the development of a new pressure garment for the Constellation Program, which will carry humans back to the moon and beyond.
Earlier this year, Ross was one of 120 finalists (out of 6,000 applicants) in the astronaut selection process.
Ross lives in Friendswood and enjoys being close to her family, spending vacations in Indiana, and hopes to one day design a space suit that is worn on Mars.
She will be honored with fellow alumni Daniel Gage (1971), Matthew Hutchings (2981) and Janis Jarvis (1975), as well as Honorary Alumni, Harold Whitaker and Curtis Wilson.
The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Banquet will be held Thursday, October10, at the Green Event Center in Friendswood. The reception begins at 7:30p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can bepurchased at the FISD Administration Building at 302 Laurel in Friendswood. Sponsoredtables also are available. For more information, call (281)482-1267.