Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, is speaking at the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation. She will present the Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications at the 41st annual conference, being held in New York, Oct. 12-15.

During her lecture, “Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential,” Jemison will discuss the achievements and obstacles faced throughout her life as a NASA astronaut, Peace Corps volunteer and principal of the 100 Year Starship Project.

Jemison flew into space aboard the shuttle Endeavor in 1992, becoming the first female African American astronaut. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford and an M.D. from Cornell University. She worked for the Peace Corps before applying to the space program. Jemison is a professor-at-large at Cornell and a professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College. She is a strong advocate for women in science, technology, Engineering and math (STEM) careers.

The annual Hal Hunt Lecture is a highlight of the annual conference and is named in honor of Hal Hunt, one of the initial organizers of DFI. The lecture was established in 1989 to recognize notable communicators. This year’s lecture is scheduled for Oct. 14, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2016 lecture is sponsored through the fundraising efforts of DFI’s Women in Deep Foundations Committee and the member companies who have donated funds to support the lecture and the committee’s other activities.

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 3,300 members worldwide. To learn more about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit More information on the DFI Annual Conference is available at