Leland Devon Melvin (February 15, 1964, Lynchburg, Virginia) is an American engineer and a NASAastronaut. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on STS-122, and as mission specialist 1 on STS-129. Melvin was named the NASA Associate Administrator for Education in October 2010.

Melvin attended Heritage High School and then went on to the University of Richmond on a football scholarship, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. In 1991 he received a Master of Sciencedegree in Materials Science Engineering, from the University of Virginia. His parents, Deems and Grace Melvin, reside in Lynchburg, Virginia. His recreational interests include photography, piano, reading, music, cycling, tennis, and snowboarding. Melvin recently appeared as an elimination challenge guest judge in the 12th episode of Top Chef (season 7) and with his dogs in the 7th season of the The Dog Whisperer. Reference


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