Capt. Christopher Ferguson
BS, Mechanical Engineering, 1984
Honorary Degree, 2009
Captain Ferguson, a retired U.S. Navy captain and former NASA astronaut, became the Director of Crew and Mission Operations in Boeing's Space Exploration division in December 2011. In 2019, he will take part in what will likely be the first commercial human-rated spacecraft launch with the Boeing CST-100 Starliner. Captain Ferguson, a NASA astronaut for 13 years, is veteran of three space shuttle missions. He has logged more than 40 days in space, 5,700 hours in high performance aircraft, and nearly 400 carrier arrested landings. He has been recognized with numerous service awards and citations, including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Strike/Flight Air Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Spaceflight Medals, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
In 2017, Captain Ferguson was inducted into the Drexel ROTC Hall of Fame. He was also honored as Drexel's Engineering Leader of the Year in 2009, and received the Silver Dragon Award from the Drexel Alumni Association.