Astronaut and University of Notre Dame graduate James D. Wetherbee will deliver a lecture Thursday (April 15) at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium of the University’s Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public.p. Wetherbee, who is currently technical assistant to the director, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, Johnson Space Center, will discuss high reliability organizations (HROs). He also will examine leadership’s role and responsibility in creating and maintaining the conditions necessary to sustain a culture of high reliability.p. A veteran of six space flights, Wetherbee has logged over 1,592 hours in space and is the first American to command five space missions. Prior to his most recent appointment, he served as director of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate and as deputy director of the Johnson Space Center.p. Wetherbee was graduated from Notre Dame in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He received his commission in the Navy in 1975 and served as a naval aviator until his selection to the astronaut program in 1984.p. For more information on the Wetherbee lecture, contact Notre Dame’s Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at 574-631-5430.p.