Steve Smith

NASA Astronaut; All-American Water Polo Player

National Advisory Board

Steven L. Smith serves as the NASA International Space Station Program Liaison to the European Space Agency and was a two-time NCAA Champion water polo at Stanford University, where he captained the 1980 team. In all, he was a seven-time high school and collegiate All-American in swimming and water polo.

At Stanford, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1981; a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1987. He has twice received NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal, as well as a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Space Flight Medal, and NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Smith is a veteran of four space flights, covering 16 million miles, and seven space walks, totaling 49 hours and 25 minutes.  Smith’s spacewalk time places him in the top five on the all-time American and World spacewalk duration lists.