Distinguished Alumni Award: College of Arts and Sciences

Ellen S. Baker, BA ’74.

Ellen S. Baker, BA ’74

Baker, a 30-year veteran of NASA, flew on three space shuttle missions: the 1989 mission that launched the Galileo space probe to study Jupiter, a materials science mission in 1992 and the first shuttle mission to dock with the Russian space station, Mir, in 1995. After retiring from NASA Baker joined the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is director of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) connecting academic specialists with health care providers in rural and underserved communities to build local capacity. She also manages cervical cancer prevention programs in low-resource regions of the U.S. and abroad. Baker earned a medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College and master’s in public health from the University of Texas. She completed a residency in internal medicine at UT Health Science Center San Antonio and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.