Co. Michael E. Fossum

Col. Fossum currently serves as Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University at Galveston following his career as an astronaut with NASA from 1998 to 2017.

Fossum is a veteran of three space flights and has logged more than 194 days in space, where he had to learn to get along in close quarters with men and women of different nationalities and cultures.

Mike was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and grew up in McAllen, Texas. He is married to his Aggie sweetheart, the former Melanie J. London '80. They have four children and six grandchildren. He enjoys family activities, motorcycle riding and backpacking. Mike's main hobby is serving as Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop.