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Debby Rihn-Harvey and Dr. Linda M. Godwin
Debby Rihn-Harvey Dr. Linda M. Godwin

July 2, 2013 - Space is still available for high school-aged girls to apply for EAA's Women Soar You Soar program that will introduce 100 girls to 35 women August 1-4 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. Debby Rihn-Harvey, a three-time U.S. Overall Aerobatic Champion and 14-time U.S. Women's National Champion, is the 2013 Women Soar You Soar chairperson.

"This has been a life changing event for many in the past, and we hope that will continue," Rihn-Harvey said. "We hope that through this camp, young women will realize their ability to set high goals for themselves and achieve them through dedication and hard work."

Girls participating in the four-day Women Soar You Soar program will meet women from a variety of aviation backgrounds, from the FAA to aerobatics, the aerospace industry, and everything in between.

Z. Nagin Cox will serve as the keynote speaker on Thursday, August 1. Cox attended the Air Force Institute of Technology, where she received a master's degree in space operations systems engineering. As a captain, she served as an Orbital Analyst at NORAD/Space Command in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs. After leaving the Air Force, she joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and began her time on planetary missions working in outer solar system projects.

Cox served as the deputy team chief of the engineering spacecraft flight team for NASA/JPL's Galileo mission to Jupiter until February 2000. She then moved to inner solar system exploration as the deputy team chief of the Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Flight Team on the JPL Mars Exploration Rover Missions. Currently, she is working with the Mars Science Laboratory - a NASA rover that landed on Mars in August 2012.

The Saturday evening presentation will feature Dr. Linda M. Godwin, a former NASA astronaut. A veteran of four shuttle flights, Godwin has logged more than 915 hours in space. Godwin's other assignments during her career include serving as deputy chief of the Astronaut Office, acting deputy director, and flight crew operations directorate. Godwin is currently a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

Other mentors in the program include Rochelle Oslick, an aerodynamics engineer for Boeing; Karen Stemwell, flight instructor for the Boeing 757/767; Dr. Kimberly A. Slawinski, vice commander of the Air Force Medical Operations Agency; and many others.

Get more details or register for Women Soar You Soar.

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