Dr. Mae Jemison, NASA Astronaut
2016 Hal Hunt Lecturer at the
DFI International Conference on Deep Foundations,
Seepage Control and Remediation in New York City

August 03, 2016, Hawthorne NJ:

Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, is presenting the Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications during the DFI International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation (41st Annual Conference) being held in New York City, October 12-15, 2016.

During her lecture, “Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential,” Dr. Jemison will speak about the achievements and obstacles faced throughout her life as a NASA astronaut, Peace Corps volunteer and principal of the 100 Year Starship Project.

Dr. Jemison flew into space aboard the shuttle Endeavor in 1992, becoming the first female African American astronaut. She received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford and an M.D. from Cornell University. She worked for the Peace Corps before applying to the space program. Dr. Jemison is a professor-at-large at Cornell and a professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College. She is a strong advocate for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.

The annual Hal Hunt Lecture is a highlight of the Annual Conference, and is named in honor of Hal Hunt, one of the initial organizers of DFI. The lecture was established in 1989 to recognize notable communicators. This year’s lecture is scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2016, from 2 pm to 3 pm.

The 2016 lecture is sponsored through the fundraising efforts of DFI’s Women in Deep Foundations Committee and the member companies who have donated funds to support the lecture and the committee’s other activities.

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About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,300 members worldwide.
Dr. Mae Jemison, DFI 2016 Hal Hunt Lecturer