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NASA'S 'Mohawk Guy' to visit Miami Valley

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Bobak Ferdowsi, popularly known as NASA's "Mohawk Guy," will give two free presentations in the Miami Valley this month.

Now a member of the Mission Engineering team on the Europa Clipper study at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ferdowsi served as Flight Director during the Mars Curiosity Rover operations. He will discuss what inspired him as a kid to go into this work, what it took to make the Curiosity mission happen, and the findings since it landed. He'll also share photos and video and take questions from the audience.

Ferdowsi's first presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 at Oakwood High School, which is located at 1200 Far Hills Ave. On Saturday, Dec. 13, Ferdowsi will speak at 2 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The presentations, titled "Mars & Beyond: Curiosity and the Future of NASA," are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information about Ferdowsi is available at Visit for information about the Curiosity Rover.

Ferdowsi's visit is funded by The Oakwood Schools Foundation. Established in 1982, the foundation enhances excellence in education by facilitating grants, scholarships and funding for special projects to benefit students of Oakwood schools. These diverse and distinctive opportunities go above and beyond the reach of the district's normal operating budget and are made possible thanks to the generous support of alumni, community members, parents and friends.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world's largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information about the presentation at Oakwood High School, please contact Dori Spaulding at Emerald Coast Event Management at (661) 361-4634. For more information about the presentation at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, please contact Sarah Swan at (937) 255-1283.