Linda Dawson, M.S.

Senior Lecturer Emeritus
Aeronautics and Astronautics
George Washington University
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I have over ten years experience as an engineer in industry, having worked as an Aeronautical Flight Controller on the Space Shuttle Program at NASA in Houston and then as a Navigation and Guidance Engineer for the Boeing Space Center in Kent, Washington. I left engineering several years ago to start a new career in eduation. I taught and developed curriculum for mathematics, engineering and computer related courses at several colleges in the Puget Sound area including the University of Washington Seattle and the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

I taught Physics and Physical Science courses primarily in support of the Environmental Science and Studies majors. I combined my technical expertise with my educational experience to develop new curriculum for non-majors, such as Women in Science and the History and Science of Space Exploration.

In addition, I have written educational material and supplements for multiple publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Wiley. In 2017, I published a book entitled "The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration" for Springer/Praxis Publishers.

Current Research

Currently, I am focusing on authoring books on space exploration and the required science and technology.

In addition, I write educational material and supplements associated with statistics and business statistics textbooks for multiple publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Wiley.

Previously, I was awarded a consultant position with the Tacoma Police Department to analyze racial profiling statistics.


My teaching focus was on lower division courses in physics, physical science, or space related topics.

Since retirement, I am available to teach courses part-time such as Women in Science (TEST 211) and the History and Science of Space Exploration (TEST 213) course that I developed.

  • Women in Engineering, University of Washington
  • Society of Statistics Education
Academic Service

Member of the Museum of Flight Faculty Advisory Board (1999-current). Includes quarterly meetings, evaluation of school programs.

Appointed to be a member of the Museum of Flights Space Committee (2006-current). The committee is responsible for evaluating space artifacts for acquisition by the museum. Meets at least once per quarter to review the space artifact acquisition plan.

UW Tacoma Committees:

  • Campus Technology Committee
  • Faculty Assembly: appointed to Executive Council from 2010-current.
  • Quantitative Literacy Fellows: a subgroup chosen by the Faculty Assembly to address quantitative issues across the curriculum.
Honors and Awards
  • Awarded over fifteen contracts with higher education publishers to author educational support material, provide research studies written up as textbook examples, build a statistical module in Excel to analyze data and author textbook supplements focused on statistics curriculum.
  • Awarded the UW Brotman Award for Teaching Excellence as part of the Environmental Science Faculty, 2004.
  • Awarded a competitive consultant position with the Tacoma Police Deptartment to collect and analyze racial profiling statistics. Final report July, 2003.
  • Nominated as Distinguished UW Tacoma Faculty Member, 2001.