ISS Flight Engineer-1;
BIRTH DATA AND PLACE: September 6, 1955, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
In 1977 he graduated from Kent State University, Ohio, receiving a
bachelor of science degree in physics, and in 1979 - from John Carroll
University, receiving a master of science degree in solid state physics.
MARITAL STATUS: married to Pamela J. Glady, has two children.
Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious
Service Medal with one Oak Leaf, the USAF Meritorious Service Medal with
one Oak Leaf Cluster, the USAF Commendation Medal, and the USAF Achievement
Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, three NASA Space Flight Medals, and NASA
Exceptional Service Medal. Distinguished Graduate from Kent State University.
In 1997 he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Kent State
University. Distinguished graduate from the USAF Test Pilot School. His
photo is put into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
HOBBIES: sports, playing piano, vocal music - lead singer for MAX-Q,
a rock-n-roll band.
From 1979 to 1982, Walz served as an Officer for the Radiochemical
Project at McClellan Air Force Base, California.
In 1983, he attended the USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force
From January 1984 to June 1987, Walz served as a Flight Test Engineer
for the F-16 Combined Test Force at the same base.
From July 1987 to June 1990, he was a Flight Test Manager at the Air
Force Flight Test Center.
In January 1990, Walz was selected as a candidate for NASA astronauts.
He is a veteran of three space flights and has logged over 833 hours in
On September 12 - 22, 1993, Walz took his first space flight as a Discovery
mission specialist (STS-51). During the mission he performed a 7-hour space
On July 8 -23, 1994, he took his second flight as a mission specialist
(flight engineer) of the Columbia crew (STS-65) with the second International
Microgravity Laboratory (IML) in the shuttle cargo bay.
On September 16-26, 1996, he took his third flight as a mission specialist
of the Atlantis crew (STS-79) under the program of the 4th shuttle docking
with the Mir OC.
Assigned to the forth crew scheduled to live on the International Space
Based on NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center materials (USA