Norah Patten

Irish Composites Centre • Scientist-Astronaut Candidate

Norah Patten is the Communications and Outreach Manager with the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp). She is adjunct faculty at the International Space University and Co-Chair of the Space Humanities Department for the Space Studies Program (SSP). Norah is also a Space Generation Advisory Council National Contact Point in Ireland; she writes articles for the Astronomy Ireland magazine and is on the Advisory Board for the Lough Gur Primary Science Centre.

Norah recently coordinated ‘The Only Way is Up’ initiative at IComp in which, through a partnership with Nanoracks, the first experiment designed by Irish secondary school students was sent to the International Space Station in July 2014. She graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering and in 2011 received her PhD from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She was Chair of the Space Management and Business Department at the SSP13 in Strasbourg. Norah has interned at the Boeing Company in Seattle Washington USA and Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent in Dublin; she has featured on national television and other media including national radio and newspapers; and is a regular speaker at public events.

Norah’s mission is to inspire the next generation of engineers and astronauts.


International Astronautical Congress 2019

21-25 October 2019

Washington, United States


International Astronautical Congress 2015

12-16 October 2015

Jerusalem, Israel