May is Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month. This broad term includes cultures from the entire Asian continent—including East, Southeast and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.  

This month we highlight members of our community who identify as Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and who are making contributions to our college and society as researchers, instructors, student leaders and alumni.  

We celebrate the lives of role models such as Col. Ellison Onizuka (Aero’69; MS’69), who became the first Asian American astronaut in space, and Kalpana Chawla (MAeroEngr'86; PhD'88), who became a naturalized citizen in 1991 and was selected for the NASA astronaut corps in 1994. We also recognize and appreciate the students, faculty and staff in our community who add their voices and perspectives every day.