NVIDIA Announces that NASA Astronaut and Space Commander Eileen Collins to Speak at NVISION 08

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NVIDIA today announced that Commander Eileen Collins, former test pilot, astronaut, and space shuttle commander, will speak at NVISION® 08. NVISION 08, which takes place on August 25-27, 2008 in San Jose, California, is a three-day mega-event for professionals and enthusiasts who are passionate about visual computing. Thousands of engineers, designers, developers, researchers, artists, enthusiasts, gamers, film makers, business professionals, and consumers from around the world are expected to attend. “We are extremely pleased and honored to have Commander Collins join us at NVISION 08,� said Rob Csongor, vice president of marketing, NVIDIA. “As both the first woman space shuttle pilot and first woman space shuttle commander, Ms. Collins is a unique pioneer and expert on space exploration and scientific discovery initiatives. From exploring Mars, to understanding how the universe is evolving, to moving beyond the space shuttle to the next-generation Orion spacecraft, our NVISION 08 attendees will be fascinated to hear and see Commander Collins’s view on how visual computing technologies are transforming next-generation space initiatives and strategies.� An accomplished pilot with over 6,751 hours logged in over 30 different aircraft, Eileen Collins has numerous accomplishments, awards, and honors to her name. In February of 1995, she became the first woman pilot of a space shuttle. In July of 1999, she became the first woman to command a shuttle mission. Her final mission came in July 2005 when she commanded Space Shuttle Discovery’s “Return to Flight� mission. This mission was especially prominent since it was NASA’s first manned flight after the loss of the shuttle Columbia in 2003. As a veteran of four space flights, Collins has logged over 872 hours in space. After retiring from NASA in May 2006, Collins accepted a position on NASA’s Advisory Board where she remains active in a variety of programs. Registration for NVISION 08 is now open at:



NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce® products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro® products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla™ products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. NVIDIA's inaugural NVISION 08 conference will be held August 25-27, 2008 in San Jose, California. For more information, visit