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Leland Melvin is one of the judges in ABC's reality competition series "BattleBots." He is also the host of Lifetime's reality competition "Child Genius."

Leland Melvin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master's degree in Materials Science Engineering. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center in the area of nondestructive testing, creating optical fiber sensors for measuring damage in aerospace vehicles, with his work being published in numerous scientific journals. He has traveled on two Space Shuttle missions to help build the International Space Station.

After hanging up his space boots, as the head of NASA Education, Melvin served as the co-chair on the White House's Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force and was the United States representative and chair of the International Space Education Board (ISEB).

Before becoming an astronaut, Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1986 College Draft to play professional football, but a hamstring injury thwarted his NFL career with Detroit and then later with the Dallas Cowboys. He is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. He uses his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

"Child Genius" (TV show) contestants and host for Season 2 'Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest' Season 2: Meet the Contestants — Premiering January 7, the sophomore season of the Lifetime reality competition series tests the nation's brightest young minds on their knowledge in categories such as math, spelling, geography, and current events. Read more...
'Battlebots' Host, Judges and Experts Announced — Premiering Sunday, June 21, the new ABC epic tournament event will be hosted by celebrated sports anchor Molly McGrath with play-by-play analysis from Chris Rose and color commentary from Kenny Florian. Read more...

"BattleBots" (TV show) judges and ring announcer ABC Picks Up 'BattleBots' for Season 2 — The second season of the reality competition series will continue to wow viewers with next generation robots - bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before. Read more...
"Bachelorette 2015" stars Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe ABC Announces 2015 Summer Schedule — New series include "The Whispers," "500 Questions," "Celebrity Family Feud" and "BattleBots," while returning ones include "The Bachelorette," "Bachelor in Paradise," "Celebrity Wife Swap," "Extreme Weight Loss," "Mistresses" and "Rookie Blue." Read more...
"BattleBots" (TV show) logo from initial run ABC Picks Up Reimagined 'Battlebots' — Due this summer, the new reality series will feature homemade robots battling against each other in a single elimination tournament style format. Read more...

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