Ugandan Kwatsi Alibaruho: In Control as NASA Flight Director

Ugandan Kwatsi Alibaruho: In Control as NASA Flight Director

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Illinois native and Ugandan National, Kwatsi Alibaruho attributes his success as a NASA space shuttle flight director to a strong parental influence on academics, tenacity and hard work, and a life-long fascination with space and exploration.

“I caught the ‘science bug’ very early from watching science fiction programs,and I wanted to learn about real science,” Alibaruho said. Every chance he had, he signed up for extra curricular activities and seminars where he dedicated weekends and summers to further his knowledge of science and engineering.

Alibaruho earned a bachelor’s degree in avionics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Despite his intense interest in science, he never thought of working at NASA until an opportunity arose through the cooperative education program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

As a full-time NASA employee, Alibaruho became certified as a flight controller and accepted increasing levels of responsibility. He was deputy chairman of the Orbital Space Plane Source Evaluation Board’s operations committee, and immediately before his selection as a flight director was group lead for the International Space Station Life Support Systems Group. He already has logged 2,850 hours of experience workingin Mission Control.

Read More about Kwatsi on this Full Feature: http://www.ugandandiaspora.com/nasa%E2%80%99s-first-black-mission-control-flight-director-is-ugandan

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The Uganda Diaspora Network is a forum aimed at bringing together Ugandans who live and work abroad by celebrating their contributions overseas and also encouraging them to give of their time, talents, ideas and expertise whilst inspiring the next generation of Ugandan leaders. Every year the Ugandan Diaspora Network will organize an annual Social Networking Gala and will also produce a quarterly publication highlighting the successes of the various Ugandans residing overseas. Please send us those inspirational stories and philanthropic work involving Ugandans abroad. We shall share these stories using this platform that is rapidly growing and expanding. The Next Diaspora Social Networking Gala will be Held on 30th December 2016 at The Kampala Serena Hotel.

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7 Comments

  1. amal
    September 12, 10:47 #1 amal

    this one of the best thing ugandan born has done he is such a ditermined guy.his dicisions were the best for his feture i admare him so much i wish i had achance to study he would be my role modle.congrates brother kwatsi.we love u so much one of our own mmmmmmmmmmwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaa.wish you all the best bro.

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  2. Edison Kadoma
    October 13, 10:51 #2 Edison Kadoma

    You guys are doing a good work. You are great in as far as information technology is concerned.

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  3. Sephas N. Bangirana
    October 21, 09:20 #3 Sephas N. Bangirana

    Kwasi! well done my brother, so brilliant not every one can do what you are doing. Uganda is proud of you because of your hard work and more especially the Mukwasibwoha family, keep it up.

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  4. Asiimwe fred
    October 23, 03:42 #4 Asiimwe fred

    we are proud of you kwatsi. u put uganda on the map! thanks.

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  5. KIRONDE FRANCIS
    April 14, 08:33 #5 KIRONDE FRANCIS

    This is really a great dream to me.

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  6. Kam
    March 08, 23:40 #6 Kam

    Great post.

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