Keynote Address - Monday, May 18, 10:30 am-Noon
Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper
Southwest Regional Maintenance Center
Captain Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Navy ROTC Scholarship, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1985.
As an Engineering Duty Officer, Captain Piper served at ship repair facilities, including
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Pearl Harbor.
She served on the maintenance staff at Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and at the Naval Sea Systems Command. She received the VADM C.R. Bryan Award from the Engineering Duty Officer School Basic Course. She qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS Grapple (ARS 53). Captain Piper is also an experienced diving and salvage officer. Major salvage projects include the development of a salvage plan for the Peruvian Navy salvage of the Peruvian submarine Pacocha; and the de-stranding of the tanker Exxon Houston off Barber’s Point, Oahu, Hawaii.
Selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1996, Captain Piper reported to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She is a veteran of two space flights: STS-115 on the space shuttle Atlantis in September, 2006 and STS-126 on the space shuttle Endeavour in November, 2008, logging over 27 days and 15 hours in space. She has completed five space walks, totaling 33 hours and 42 minutes of Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) time.
In August 2009, Captain Piper reported to the Naval Sea Systems Command as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In May 2011, Captain Piper’s reported as the 35th Commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, MD. Captain Piper assumed the responsibilities of her current position, Commanding Officer, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, on 30 July 2013. Captain Piper’s Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony is scheduled for 27 March 2015
Captain Piper’s personal decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), NASA Space Flight Medal (two awards), and NASA Exceptional Service Medal and other personal and unit awards.