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Weber, Mary Ellen, 1962-



  • Existence: August 24, 1962 -

Biographical Information

Mary Ellen Weber (b. 1962) grew up in Ohio and graduated from Bedford High School in 1980. Weber earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1984, and was also a member of Phi Mu while enrolled there. She then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California in 1988. Later, she earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University (2002).

After completing her PhD and working for Texas Instruments, where she created a revolutionary reactor for manufacturing computer chips, Weber was selected by NASA in 1992 as a member of the fourteenth group of astronauts. Weber held a variety of different positions over the next 10 years, logging 450 hours in outer space. She is best known for her appearance on the space shuttle Discovery in 1995. She also flew on the Atlantis in 2000. After leaving NASA, Weber became the Vice President at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2014, she joined STELLAR Strategies, LLC where she provides consulting services for business strategy. She is also an active speaker on topics of performance, risk, and success, as well as a speaking consultant and coach.