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Megan Leggett Bowman

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Megan Leggett

Megan was born to Michael and Maureen Leggett at Glens Falls Hospital on August 6, 1981. She began her education at Tanglewood Elementary and stayed within the South Glens Falls school district until her graduation from South High in the spring of 1999. Megan was a varsity lettered cheerleader and a violinist in the school orchestra. She was a recipient of the Three Year Student Award while in the ninth grade. In her junior year, she received the Dudley Observatory Award, which allowed her to attend Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama, where her enthusiasm for space was amplified.

In the fall of 1999 she began her college career at Embry-­‐Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida. There she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics. She was a member of the Aerospace Engineering Honor Society Sigma Gamma Tau. Her Civil Engineering senior design team was the first to successfully design, build and fly a small airplane in which the structure was made entirely out of concrete.

Upon graduating Cum Laude in 2004, Megan went to work on the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She was employed by United Space Alliance (USA), which operated as the prime contractor to NASA for the ground operations of the Space Shuttle Program. As a mechanical engineer, Megan was involved in the processing of the Solid Rocket Boosters and External Tank. Being able to witness Space Shuttle launches from such a close proximity will forever be one of the top highlights of her life. Throughout this time she was fortunate to be able to speak to elementary school children about working on the Space Program, which included a visit to a kindergarten class at Moreau Elementary School.

During her employment with USA Megan was awarded several accolades. She was one of the youngest recipients of the NASA Space Flight Awareness (SFA) award in 2009 for her role as the lead engineer in implementing an electronic work authorization system. This award included an all-­‐inclusive trip to Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston Texas, where she was able to sit at the Mission Control desk of Apollo Flight Director Gene Kranz. Megan was also awarded the STS-­‐124 NASA Launch Director Award and STS-­‐135 NASA Flow Director Award. She was selected to be featured on Dan Rather Reports showcasing what a career on the Space Shuttle Program involves.

Following the launch of the last Space Shuttle in July 2011, Megan transferred into a Mechanical Engineering role on the Shuttle decommission team. There she worked on the retirement of the orbiter fleet as well as the transfer of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to the future NASA Space Launch System (SLS). In addition, Megan worked on Lockheed Martin’s Orion program, which is currently building a capsule that is intended for deep space travel.

Megan left United Space Alliance in 2012 and began a new phase in her career working as a Manufacturing Engineer at Embraer Executive Jets in Melbourne Florida. There she functions as a Manufacturing Engineer on the production line of the Phenom 100 and 300 series executive aircraft. Though not a hobbyist, Megan enjoys spending her free time working in the yard and enjoying a good book. She was recently married to her fiancé of ten years, Jerry Bowman. Her family is what she loves and cherishes most of all.