Title: Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineer
Location: League City, Texas, United States
Michele Hank Brekke, aerospace and aeronautical engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the aerospace industry.
As the first female flight director and space shuttle flight manager for NASA, Mrs. Brekke is living proof that anything is possible when you are hardworking, assertive and driven toward achieving your goals no matter what. In total, she has amassed 42 years of experience in the field of aerospace and astronautical engineering, during which time she has been afforded dynamic opportunities to share her leadership and expertise as evidenced by the success she achieved managing six shuttle missions between 1997 and 2001. Today, Mrs. Brekke finds success specializing in the area of special aerospace services with the Johnson Space Center at NASA, where she has been instrumental in many roles throughout her career. Her former roles with NASA include director of technology transfer, space shuttle flight manager, manager of space station utilization, member of the space shuttle program management team, flight director, payloads officer for mission control, and instructor for space shuttle operations.
While in high school, Mrs. Brekke believed that she was on the path to becoming a nun for her career; however, her ambitions changed on July 20, 1969 when she watched Apollo 11 land on the moon. She was determined and committed from that moment forward to make an impact in the aerospace field. To prepare for her career, she attended the University of Minnesota, where she achieved a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering in 1975 followed by a Master of Science in aerospace engineering two years later. She quickly established a reputation of excellence within her industry through her involvement in her professional community, which included a membership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
In recognition of her accomplishments with NASA and within the aerospace industry, Mrs. Brekke has received several awards, including a Certificate of Commendation from NASA, an Exceptional Achievement Medal from NASA, a Hung Mission Plaque from Mission Control Flight Directors and, most recently, an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, she is a formerly elected Amelia Earhart fellow with Zonta International and she was named one of America’s 100 Young Women of Promise by Good Housekeeping Magazine.
As she looks ahead to the future, Mrs. Brekke has no intention of slowing down in her professional pursuits. In fact, she plans to continue working in aerospace engineering until it is “no longer fun,” which she doesn’t foresee ever happening in her lifetime.
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