Former NASA Astronaut and Football Player LeLand Melvin Speaks at in.sight 2018


TMW, a Trimble brand and leading provider of software, business intelligence and related solutions to the North American transportation industry, and PeopleNet, a Trimble company and leading provider of fleet mobility technology, will welcome former NASA astronaut and football player Leland Melvin to speak at its 2018 in.sight user conference + expo. The event takes place from September 9 – 12 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Melvin will deliver an inspiring presentation on how to face and overcome life’s challenges, sharing his unique story of perseverance. While with NASA, Melvin lost his hearing during a training exercise, with emergency surgery resulting in only partial recovery of his hearing. In spite of this setback, Melvin was able to ultimately travel off-planet twice on Space Shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station. 

Before becoming an astronaut, Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1986 NFL Draft. Although a hamstring injury cut his NFL career short, Melvin holds the distinction of being the only person drafted into the NFL to have also flown in space. The Pro Football Hall of Fame honored his athletic and academic accomplishments by placing his Detroit Lions jersey under glass in Canton, Ohio.

“Leland’s incredible story of overcoming the many challenges he faced to achieve his dream is truly inspiring and is just one aspect of what makes him the perfect speaker to end the in.sight user conference,” said Bryn Fosburgh, president of Trimble Transportation Enterprise. “While his athletic career didn’t go as planned, that didn’t stop him from exploring his passion for science and technology to ultimately become a NASA astronaut.”

After hanging up his space boots, Melvin was appointed head of NASA Education and served as the co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Task Force developing the nation’s five-year STEM education plan. He was the United States’ representative and chair of the International Space Education Board (ISEB), a global collaboration in space. 

“The 2018 in.sight user conference is all about innovation and inspiration from different perspectives,” said Thomas Fansler, president of PeopleNet. “Leland truly exemplifies what it means to be an innovator and we look forward to sharing his message to help inspire attendees to achieve their goals and aspirations.”
The 2018 in.sight user conference + expo will feature more than 300 educational sessions, technology exhibitions and demonstration from dozens of solutions providers, and incomparable networking opportunities. TMW and PeopleNet customers can get registration details here: