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Jim Reilly (BS '77, MS '87, PhD '95) will be flying his third mission as part of the STS-117 crew in March of this year. He joins UTEP alumnus Danny Olivas, Rick Sturckow, Lee Archambault, Steve Swanson and Pat Forrester forming the crew that will rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) and install the second set of truss and solar array assemblies. These assemblies will provide the electrical power for full operation of the laboratory modules, one of which is already there and two scheduled to fly later in the year. Jim is the lead spacewalker on this flight and will be outside for 2 EVAs to connect the truss to the ISS and deploy the arrays.
Jim's daughter, Caitlin, has been accepted to UTD and will join the 2011 class as a pre-med student this fall.
Neila Skinner Petrick (MA '76) is author of a new children's book, Katherine Stinson Otero: High Flyer, art by Daggi Wallace, Pelican Publishing. Petrick noted that some of the research was done at the UTD library. The book is available from Pelican, Barnes & Noble, Borders and amazon.com and it is reviewed in the current edition of Texas Book Review.
Brad O'Brien (BA '85) is a captain in the United States Army assigned to the 215th Brigade Support Battalion of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cav Division. In that role, he is active in training Iraqi army paramedics in basic combat lifesaver skills. He earned a BSN from UT Austin School of Nursing in 1996 and married Cindy Hickman in 1999. Captain O'Brien served as a paratrooper and Arabic linguist in the army until 1992 when he left service in order to earn a degree in nursing.
Clemente Rendon (BS '02, MBA '03) was mentioned in the February 2007 issue of Texas Monthly, in the article "Check Mates." Clemente was President of the UTD Chess Club during all four of his years at UTD and currently serves as the vice president of the Texas Chess Association.
Peng Li (MS '03, PhD '05) has started a company called Didiom in New York City. Peng is the Chief Software Architect of the company, which has just released their first product. The product allows the Windows mobile smartphone/Pockct PC users to search, sample, bid and purchase full track music over-the-air to their phones.
Do you have a comet connection to share? If you met your spouse or sweetheart on campus and want to share your story, email us at [email protected]. You just might be featured in a future issue of the Alumni Link.
This month's featured connection:
Don Beisert (BS '04) of his sweetheart Christine Pan (BS '01): "We met as freshman at UTD. It was a hot August day, but not as hot as she was. When we first met, both of us were in relationships with other people. But luckily, since we were Computer Science majors, we began sharing classes and mutual friends. The more time we spent together the stronger our attraction grew. Years passed. Finally one day we found ourselves both single and decided to take our relationship to the next level. As hard as I tried, I could not help but fall in love. After years of friendship and several more years of romance, we decided to tie the knot. Now we will be able to enjoy the rest of our lives together."