Leslie Wickman, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Honors College

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Leslie Wickman is a research scientist, engineering consultant, author, and inspirational speaker. For more than a decade, Wickman was an engineer for Lockheed Martin, where she worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs, receiving commendations from NASA for her contributions and being designated as Lockheed’s Corporate Astronaut.

In addition to spending the past twenty years in academia, Wickman serves as Executive Director of the American Scientific Affiliation, a non-profit organization promoting the dialog between science and faith. She also works as a research scientist on technical and policy aspects of national aerospace and defense issues. Some of her recent projects include climate change research and the assessment of future human spaceflight missions and technologies.

Another noteworthy achievement is her role with WET Design in R&D and programming for the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Wickman is also an ordained Christian minister.


  • Ph.D. in Human Factors and Biomechanics (ME), Stanford University, 1994
  • M.S. in Aero/Astro Engineering, Stanford University, 1983
  • B.A. in Political Science, Willamette University, 1980


  • FAA Private Pilot
  • NAUI SCUBA Certification
  • Spacesuit Qualification
  • USAF High Altitude Physiology Training

Academic Area

  • Honors College


  • Arctic Issues
  • Astronomy and Aerospace
  • Climate Change
  • Human Spaceflight
  • National Security
  • Science and Theology

Courses Taught

  • HON 340 – Honors Nature Core
  • CS 110 – STEM as Vocation
  • PHYC 140 – Introduction to Astronomy
  • PHYC 110 – Principles of Physical Science
  • PHYC 130 – Earth Science
  • MATH 120 – Contemporary Math
  • BIOL 495 – Special Topics: Space Physiology
  • BIOL 496 – Senior Seminar
  • MATH 201 – Math Concepts for Elementary Teachers
  • Science Concepts for Elementary Teachers