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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 13, 2013

NASA aerospace engineer to visit for Olympiad, lunch event

Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, an aerospace engineer for NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will discuss her work with the Northwest Missouri State University community during a brown-bag lunch event.

The event is open to the public and will be 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Tower View Dining Room.

Cianciolo’s work is focused on the flight of spacecraft at different planets in the solar system. She has worked on several missions to Mars during the past 12 years including the Odyssey Orbiter, the Exploration Rovers, Reconnaissance Orbiter and, most recently, was a member of the entry, decent and landing team that successfully landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars last August.

Cianciolo has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Creighton University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from The George Washington University.

She works from her home near St. Joseph, where she lives with her husband and their four children.

The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Science is sponsoring Cianciolo’s visit, which is part of the 42nd Annual Mathematics Olympiad at Northwest. Cianciolo also will speak to area high school teachers and students during two other presentations as part of the Olympiad.

For more information, contact Jenni Wall, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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