Josh Byerly, public affairs officer for NASA at the Johnson Space Center who serves as a “voice for Mission Control” and is a 1999 Texas A&M University graduate, will talk about his work at the world’s largest space agency when he comes back to campus Jan. 26.
Byerly will speak to several communications classes and talk about what it’s like working at NASA.
“It’s a great job because you get to witness history every day,” he explains.
“You get to see interesting things and meet great people. When I first came to NASA, one day I had a meeting with Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan – the first and last men to walk on the moon. Now that’s pretty neat.
“Also, there are probably hundreds of Aggies who work at NASA, so some of us have a lot in common.”
Before joining NASA, Byerly managed global communications for Flowserve, a $4 billion manufacturing company based in Dallas . He had previously served as a public relations account executive with The Point Group in Dallas and Springbok Cohn & Wolfe in Richardson, coordinating national and trade media relations, developing speaking opportunities, trade show support, news releases and other duties.
Byerly was also a general assignments reporter for KBTX-TV and eventually served as a producer for the station, helping with daily news casts and story assignments.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M and also an MBA in global management.
At NASA, he works in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and provides commentary from inside Mission Control during space shuttle and International Space Station missions. He also serves as the public affairs co-lead for NASA’s Constellation Program, which will send astronauts back to the moon and beyond after the space shuttle retires in 2010.
Contact: Josh Byerly at (281) 483-9251 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith Randall at (979) 845-4644 or email at email@example.com
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