Lehigh alumnus and professor Terry Hart graduated from Lehigh in 1968 as a mechanical engineer and began working for Bell Telephone Laboratories. Ten years later, Hart was one of 35 applicants selected to NASA's space shuttle program. He flew on the Shuttle Challenger on April 6, 1984, the eleventh flight of the program.
"Getting ready to go was really exciting because we had never flown the shuttle," recalls Hart in a November 2012 Brown and White article. "In fact, one of my first weeks there, the head of the astronaut office asked me if I would look into what was going on with the main engines, which was blowing up, so I spent a lot of time with the engineers to get it ready for flight, which was successful."
From 1968 to 1978, Hart was employed as a member of the technical staff of Bell Labs, where he received 2 patents. Subsequent, Hart held a number of engineering management positions at AT&T and retired from industry in 2004 as president of Loral Skynet, the Telstar satellite network, and started teaching at his alma mater, Lehigh University. Professor Hart not only lectures inmany senior seminars and aerodynamics classes, but also remains active as the academic advisor for Delta Upsilon.