In Perth for the World Wide Web conference, Scott Parazynski took some time to visit Scitech this week and speak to schoolchildren and entrepreneurs about his impressive career so far.
Scott graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1989 and 22 months later was selected for the NASA Astronaut Corps where he would eventually join the crew of 5 space shuttle missions as a personal physician and complete 7 spacewalks. In 2009 he became the only person to have both walked in space and to have climbed Mount Everest.
These experiences culminated into Scott’s work as Co-Founder and Chief Explorer at Blue Marble Exploration, a group which organises expeditions to explore extreme environments and “push the limits of technology, science, and human endurance to raise awareness of Planet Earth”. Scott also heads up Apogee Interests which commercialises Scott’s many inventions, the most recent of which is an innovative technology firm run out of Houston called Fluidity Technologies, specialising in highly precise robotic movement.
Speaking to Particle at Scitech before his presentation, Scott related his unusual experiences to his innovative success: “I find that challenging environments are an incredible catalyst for innovation… you have to think out of the box to survive and thrive…you often have to invent new ways of doing business”.
“All of us fortunate enough to be in healthcare have both an opportunity and an obligation to innovate.”
Scitech’s Paula Lourie added: “Our mission is to engage West Australians with science, technology, engineering and maths, and Scott is an incredible role model to get people to think.”