Emma Hwang

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Hwang.
Emma Hwang
Emma Hwang Aquarius.jpg
Yu-liang Hwang

(1970-07-21) July 21, 1970 (age 51)
EducationB.A., Biomedical engineering, Boston University; M.S., Biomedical Engineering, M.S., Electrical engineering Systems, University of Michigan; Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
EmployerWyle Laboratories
Known forAquanaut

Emma Y. Hwang is a scientist from Taiwan and the United States.[1][2] She was an aquanaut on the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 5 (NEEMO 5) crew in June 2003.[3][4]

Early life[change | change source]

Hwang was born in Taiwan on 21 July 1970. She moved with her family to the United States at the age of two. Most of her early education was in Texas.[1]

Education[change | change source]

Hwang received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.[1][5] Hwang moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan where she earned two master's degrees. One was in biomedical engineering and the other in electrical engineering.[1][5] While in graduate school, she also became a teacher in the martial arts of Aikido and Iaido.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Hwang joined Wyle Laboratories in September 2001.[5] At first she worked as a scientist in the sensors group. This work included research for monitoring the health of cell cultures on the space shuttle or station. In 2002 she moved to the neurosciences group. This group studies the effects of space flight on astronauts, with a focus on helping them adapt to space and their return to Earth.[1][5] In 2011, Hwang moved to the Integrated Science & Engineering (ISE) group.[2]

NEEMO 5[change | change source]

NEEMO 5 crew members are pictured in the bunkroom aboard the Aquarius.

In June 2003, Hwang became an aquanaut in the NASA andNOAA, NEEMO 5 (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) project.[6] This was held in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research laboratory. NEEMO 5 was the longest NEEMO mission to that date. The crew lived underwater for fourteen days.[3][4][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 NASA. ":: NASA Quest > Space :: Meet: Emma Hwang". NASA. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "WYLE'S INTEGRATED SCIENCE & ENGINEERING GROUP SELECTED AS FINALIST FOR THE 2011" (PDF). Wide Angle: 6. November 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 5, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 NASA (March 21, 2006). "NEEMO History". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 NASA (2003). "NEEMO 5". NASA. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Cioletti, Louis (March 2007). "NMA Member Spotlight – Emma Hwang" (PDF). In the Know. Wyle Laboratories, Life Sciences National Management Association Chapter #492. 16 (8): 1, 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  6. "Astronaut Leads Aquanauts On Aquarius Undersea Mission". Science Daily. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  7. NASA (September 6, 2011). "Life Sciences Data Archive: Photo Gallery". NASA. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2011.

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