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Ellen Ochoa was born on May 10 1958 to Rosanne and Joseph Ochoa in Los Angeles California Ochoa grew up with her sister and three brothers in a single-parent household when her father left the family when Ochoa was just in junior high school Although Ochoas father grew up speaking both Spanish and English he never did speak Spanish at home because he felt there was a prejudice against people speaking their native languageEven though Ochoa has won many awards NASAs Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1995 NASAs Exceptional Service Medal in 1997 NASAs Distinguished Service Medal Harvard Foundation Science Award Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award the Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Humanity the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and San Diego State University Alumna of the Year and four of NASAs Space Flight Medals she took the time and effort to receive an education The main reason why Ochoa did not have any trouble receiving an education is because her mother was a firm believer in the value of education and the idea that a person can succeed at anything if he or she tried hard enough Ochoa was encouraged to excel in education in which she developed a love for math in particular and she graduated from her high school as the top of the classOchoa received her college education from two schools San Diego State University and Stanford University From San Diego State University she received her Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1980 and from Stanford University she received her Master of Science degree and her doctorate in electrical engineering in 1981 and again in 1985Ochoa is now married to Coe Fulmer Miles a computer research engineer they have two children and they live in Texas Ochoa now serves as Deputy Director of NASAs Johnson Space Center Aside from her space research Ochoa enjoys volleyball and bicycling Besides taking trips into space Ochoa is also a
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