NASA astronaut Scott Altman will return to his home state to serve as opening speaker for the 2006 Professional Engineering Convention at 8 a.m. July 28 at the Doubletree Hotel and Convention Center, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, Ill.

Altman, born in Lincoln and raised in Pekin, will deliver remarks about his spaceflight experiences and leadership approaches at NASA.

The 2-1/2 day convention held by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers will focus on “Launching Leaders” and leadership development for licensed engineers through seminars and networking opportunities with other leaders in their field.

Altman began training as an astronaut at the Johnson Space Center in 1995. A veteran of three space flights, he has logged more than 38 days in space. Altman was the pilot on STS-90 in 1998 and STS-106 in 2000 and the mission commander on STS-109 in 2002. He is now the Deputy Chief of the Exploration branch of the Astronaut Office.

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