Earth's Bridge to Space: Launching Rockets with NASA’s Launch Services Program
Thursday 08/26/2021
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.


NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) is responsible for launching uncrewed rockets delivering spacecraft that observe the Earth, visit other planets and explore the universe - from weather satellites to telescopes to Mars rovers and more.

In this special webinar, you will hear from Hibah Rahmani, Lead Avionics Engineer at Kennedy Space Center, talk about her journey from Pakistan to NASA, provide an overview of LSP, and share about her contributions are helping to provide reliable, competitive and user-friendly launch services in the commercial arena to satisfy agency-wide space transportation requirements and maximize the opportunities for mission success.

Webinar will also include classroom resources designed to enhance student interest in STEM! 


Hibah Rahmani was born in Pakistan, raised in Kuwait and moved to the United States after high school. Being fascinated with the beautiful night sky, she developed a passion for science, space and astronomy at a very young age. Math and science were her favorite subjects in school and by the time she was in eighth grade, she knew that she wanted to become an engineer. Hibah obtained a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida. After graduation, she accepted a position with The Boeing Company as a Systems Engineer working on the International Space Station processing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). While working full-time for Boeing, Hibah earned a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. Hibah is also a registered Professional Engineer (P.E) in the State of Florida. After working for Boeing for seven years, Hibah accepted a position with NASA as an Avionics and Flight Controls Engineer. Currently, she is in the Engineering Directorate where she supports NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP), working on rockets as Lead Avionics Engineer. Hibah is the recipient of several awards including Pride-at-Boeing awards, NASA Group Achievement awards and NASA On-The-Spot awards. In addition to her engineering duties, Hibah often volunteers for Education and Outreach activities where she encourages students to stay focused and dream big. She believes that you can achieve anything you want with consistent hard work.

Dr. Samuel García Jr. serves as a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist, Assistant Professor of Practice for the LBJ Institute for Education and Research. Dr. García helps facilitate professional development to both formal and informal STEM educators utilizing NASA resources with a specific focus on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. He also works with faculty serving in Minority Serving Institutions in developing STEM educational tools and resources for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Dr. García’s research agenda is geared towards community and educational change by creating healthy, equitable, and culturally responsive learning environments for traditionally underserved populations. Dr. García. earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, formerly University of Texas Pan American and holds a doctorate degree in School Improvement from Texas State University.