Captain Wendy Lawrence was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, and a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1988.
She was selected as an astronaut in 1992 and worked at NASA for 14 years. Her technical assignments included serving as the NASA Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and as the astronaut office representative to the International Space Station program for crew training, operations and support. She is a veteran of four shuttle missions (STS-67, 86, 91 and 114) and has logged over 50 days in space.
Lawrence was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal. She is also the recipient of the National Navy League’s Captain Winifred Collins Award for inspirational leadership.
Captain Lawrence currently serves on the Advisory Board at the University of Washington Bothell.