Rick Mastracchio

Rick Mastracchio ’87

Reid Wiseman

Reid Wiseman ’97

Two Rensselaer alumni, Rick Mastracchio ’87 and Reid Wiseman ’97, will fly separate missions to NASA’s International Space Station. Mastracchio graduated in 1987 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He is training as a flight engineer as a member of the Expedition 39 crew, a six-month mission with a planned November 2013 take-off. This is his fourth NASA Space Shuttle mission.

Wiseman is a former Naval commander, aviator, and test pilot who is training to fly a sixmonth mission as part of the Expedition 40/41 crew. The flight is tentatively scheduled for May through November 2014. Wiseman graduated from Rensselaer in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in computer and systems engineering. This is his first space flight. The men join the short list of Rensselaer alumni—four in all—who traveled into space.