Board Member

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Joyce Hirai

Board Member

Joyce Hirai, is an alumna of the Advanced Space Academy program (2000 & 2001) and former Aviation Challenge Crew Trainer (2007 & 2008). Joyce served on Active Duty Air Force for 11 years as a Meteorologist and lived all over the world including Germany, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Turkey. She is now an Air Force Reservist as a Flight Meteorologist for the 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the “Hurricane Hunters.” Full-time, Joyce works at Johnson Space Center as a Flight Controller in Operations Planning, scheduling and planning crew activities for astronauts onboard the International Space Station. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona and a Master of Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. She resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, Patrick, 3 dogs (Atlas, Marshall and Astra) and cat (Schrodinger).