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Leland Melvin
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Leland Melvin

Former Astronaut; Judge for ABC's BattleBots
FEE RANGE: $25,000–$35,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: Virginia
Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, and former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on mission STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station.Leland served co-chair of the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force and as NASA Associate Administrator for Education. He can currently be seen as a judge on ABC’s robot competition series "BattleBots." Leland is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. The Pro Football Hall of Fame honored his athletic and academic accomplishments by placing his Detroit Lions jersey under glass in Canton, Ohio. Through these professional experiences working on high stakes teams he developed a deep and nuanced understanding of effective team dynamics. Leland holds four honorary doctorates for his service in education, the sciences and philanthropy.

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