Mark Arvid Bowman
Alumni Achievement AwardMark Arvid Bowman '00 of Houston, Texas, is the 2014 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. Bowman, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts at Excelsior College, serves as chief engineer of the Soyuz Branch, Astronaut Office at the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Responsible for developing and maintaining engineering knowledge of Russian launch vehicles and spacecraft, he has lived in Russia for a total of eight years. His career has included positions as NASA's deputy director of the Human Space Flight Program in Russia, where he was involved in the International Space Station, and as an attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Russia.
"My graduation from Regents (now Excelsior) College in 2000 filled an academic void that had been a blight on my resume for many years," Bowman explains. "Inspired and motivated by that accomplishment, I immediately went on to complete a master's degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and was subsequently able to obtain a coveted civil service position at NASA."
Among his many awards and recognitions are being named an Honored Professor (Honoris Causa) at the National Scientific Medical Research Center of Kazakhstan in 2011. He is also the recipient of the NASA Johnson Space Center Director's Commendation Award; more than 20 Installation Honor Awards and Individual and Group Achievement Awards; and the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement–Stellar Award from the RNASA Foundation. A member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bowman is a past chapter president of the National Management Association.
He also gives back to his community. An Eagle Scout as a young man, Bowman has served as an assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, and committee chair for his local Boy Scout troop, and as a science advisor at a local elementary school. He also completed a two-year mission for his church in Santiago, Chile, from 1979 through 1981.