CORVALLIS, Ore. – NASA astronaut and Oregon State University alumnus Donald Pettit, a veteran of almost six months in space, will be the featured speaker on Monday, Feb. 23, at the 10th annual Engineers Week Banquet at OSU.

The event, sponsored by the College of Engineering at OSU and the Willamette Valley section of the Society of Women Engineers, is open to the public. The $30 fee includes a dinner banquet starting at 6 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Reservations can be made until Feb. 16 at

For more than 50 years, Engineers Week has helped to promote awareness of the engineering profession and to encourage young students to pursue it as a career. The event also provides an opportunity for engineering professionals, faculty, and students to network with colleagues from throughout the Willamette Valley.

Pettit, an Oregon native, graduated from Silverton Union High School in 1973 and received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from OSU in 1978. He has flown in space twice, spent more than five months in 2002-03 on the International Space Station, and just last November was a member of the STS-126 crew. On that mission he operated the robotic arm for four spacewalks.

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