Col. Michael E. Fossum

“Living & Working in Space: Dream of a Lifetime”

Saturday 2:00 pm : Hawking Auditorium


COL Michael E. Fossum is a Vice President of Texas A&M University and the Chief Operating Officer of the Galveston Campus, a special purpose institution fulfilling Texas A&M’s sea-grant mission. In addition to his leadership role with the Galveston Campus, Fossum was appointed as Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy in October 2019. Fossum joined Texas A&M following his retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – Johnson Space Center in 2017.

Fossum is a veteran of three space flights with more than 194 days in space and more than 48 hours in seven spacewalks during his 19 years as an astronaut. During his last mission in 2011, Fossum served as the Commander of the International Space Station. He has logged over 2,000 hours in 35 different aircraft throughout the course of his career. Fossum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1980. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School and has earned Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering and Physical Science/Space Science.

Fossum was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and grew up in McAllen, Texas. He is married to his Aggie sweetheart, the former Melanie J. London ‘80. They have four children and six grandchildren. He enjoys family and outdoor activities. Fossum has been a lifelong supporter and volunteer in the Scouting program.

Col. Michael E. Fossum
Col. Michael E. Fossum
Chief Operating Officer (TAMUG)
Vice President, Texas A&M University
Superintendent, Texas A&M Maritime Academy


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