Dr. Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford (1942- )

Philadelphia native Guion Bluford graduated from Penn State University with a degree in aerospace engineering in 1964 before earning his M.S. in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1974 and a Ph. D in aerospace engineering from the AFIT in 1978. In 1979, he became an astronaut for NASA; his first mission was on STS-8, which launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 1983. He would serve as a mission specialist for STS-61-A, STS-39, and STS-53, and earned his MBA from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 1987. He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997, as well as the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010.