Space flight participant, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born September 12, 1966 in
EDUCATION: In 1989 she graduated from George Mason University
and received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science.
In 1991 she graduated from George Washington and received
a master of science degree in Electrical Engineering.
HOBBY: space activities, listen to likes to music, hiking,
Mrs. Ansari has been a successful business woman for more
than 18 years. She is Co-founder and President of Telecom
Technologies Inc. (TTI). In 1993 she became Chief Executive
Director of the Company and Co-chairman of the Board.
Mrs. Ansari increased the company staff members up to
250 with 100% sequential growth of incomes year over
year maintaining the profitability since inception. TTI
is a big supplier of the Softwitch program communicator
for Internet networks and also the Carrier-Grade system
which is a reliable operating system with high availability.
In January 2000 Telecom Technologies Inc. merged with
Sonus Networks Inc (NASDAQ; SONS) – a provider of IP-based
voice infrastructure products. Before the TTI company
foundation Mrs. Ansari rendered consultative services
to big telecommunication companies on issues related
to the Frame Relay technology (the above-mentioned technology
provides the most rapid data transmission in Internet
network). Besides, Anousheh Ansari thoroughly studied
of the ATM Switch product, system which provides the
data, voice and video image transmission in Internet.
In 1999 the Ernst and Young company presented her the Entrepreneur
of the Year Award in the field of telecom technologies
in the South-West Region. In 2000 the Working Woman magazine
granted Mrs. Ansari the National Entrepreneurial Excellence
Mrs. Ansari is currently carries out investment in the development
of ways for radical change of social entrepreneurs; is a
member of the X Prize Foundation’s Vision Circle group and
its Board of Trustees; she is the main sponsor for the Ansari
X Prize, a bonus (money) of 10 M doll. for the first non-governmental
organization which will be able to launch a reusable manned
spacecraft in to space. She is a member of the Board of Directors
for Make-a-Wish foundation of North Texas and Collin County
Children’s Advocacy Center. Mrs. Ansari also co-operates
with a number of non-commercial organizations including the
PARSA public organization and Ashoka Foundation in order
to support social entrepreneurs throughout the world. Anousheh
Ansari has different technical certificates and also 2 patents
for her work in the field of automatic operating and wireless
systems and services. She is currently working toward a master
of science degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.
Since February 2006 she began training at Yu.A. Gafarin Cosmonaut
Training Center as a backup of VC-11 space flight participant.
Based on data of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.