Biography


Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick is an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations (formerly Commercial Space Operations) in the College of Aviation at +Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and Principal Investigator of the ERAU Spacesuit Utilization of Innovative Technology Laboratory (S.U.I.T. Lab). His research, working with students, in the ERAU S.U.I.T. Lab focuses on: assessing the work envelope during a simulated suborbital spaceflight intravehicular activity (IVA) using various pressure suits and motion capture; surface exploration extravehicular activity (EVA) metrics and spacesuit technologies using analogue research locations; and, research on lunar dust abrasion and spacecraft design and operations.

Ryan is the Chairman of the Board and President of Yuri's Night, a USA 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the aim of connecting hundreds of thousands of people around the world to celebrate and honor the past of human spaceflight, while building a stairway to the future. In 2011 Yuri's Night broke records with over 600 events in 75 countries around the world for the 50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight and won the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace Award for Best Presentation of Space (MMXI). Since 2001, Yuri's Night has reached more than 4 million people.

From 2012-2016 Dr. Kobrick worked at Space Florida as a Project Manager for Research and Development, focusing on Florida research and development efforts including designing statewide business plan and research competitions as well as education programs to catalyze technology development in small satellites, digital manufacturing, and 3D printing. He Assists in developing federal proposal opportunities for Space Florida and potential partners from the academic and business communities. In 2015, Dr. Kobrick was inducted by the +International Astronautical Federation into the Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme.

Dr. Kobrick received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (2002), his Master's of Space Studies degree from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France (2003), his Master's of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University (2005) in University Park, PA, and his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (focus: Bioastronautics) from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2010) in Boulder, CO.

At CU-Boulder, Ryan's Ph.D. thesis was titled "Characterization and Measurement Standardization of Lunar Dust Abrasion for Spacecraft Design and Operations". Ryan's dust research was awarded a 2007 NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) award. Ryan was the recipient of the 2006 AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, a three-time Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar 2006-2009, and was a 2009 John A. Vise Memorial Scholarship recipient. Ryan helped re-start and stabilize the CU-Boulder chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (CUSEDS) in 2005, and was an advisor for both SEDS Canada and Mars Society Canada's Exploration Mars (ExMars) Program.


He has worked with the X PRIZE Foundation (2003, 2004 & 2006) developing the follow-on event to the $10 million ANSARI X PRIZE called the X PRIZE Cup, which aimed at bringing competing spaceship builders to New Mexico annually to compete in different flight categories. Ryan participated as a crewmember in The Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) four times on crews 25 (2004), 44 / ExBeta (2006), 56 / ExGamma (2007), and 58 / FMARS Training (2007). From his MDRS experiences, he was selected for a 100-day Mars mission simulation in the High Canadian Arctic on Devon Island, Nunavut at the Mars Society's Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS). On the FMARS Crew 11 Long Duration Mission (F-XI LDM), he facilitated the Human Factors studies for the crew of 7 as well as being a crew engineer.


In 2010-2012, Ryan worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Postdoctoral Associate working with Prof. Dava Newman and Prof. Jeffrey Hoffman in the Man-Vehicle Laboratory. Projects included Inertial Measurement Unit applications for suborbital spaceflight and analogue research, robotic spacesuit testing, EVA safety and countermeasure strategies, and Spacecraft/Rover Hybrids for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies (NASA 11-11 NIAC-0648). He was the Event Director for MIT's 150th Anniversary Exploration Symposium, "Earth, Air, Ocean and Space: The Future of Exploration".


In his free time he plays ice hockey and sails/races as much as possible, enjoys skiing, SCUBA diving, hiking, photography, and film making.






Last Updated: 29 AUG 2017


The Short-Short Text Version:
Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick is an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations (formerly Commercial Space Operations) in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with teaching duties and research in the new ERAU Spacesuit Utilization of Innovative Technology Laboratory (S.U.I.T. Lab).

Dr. Kobrick received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University, Master's of Space Studies degree from the International Space University, Master's of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (focus: Bioastronautics) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His NASA GSRP Fellow Ph.D. work with NASA Glenn Research Center was titled "Characterization and Measurement Standardization of Lunar Dust Abrasion for Spacecraft Design and Operations". Ryan participated as a crewmember of simulated Mars missions four times at in Utah and was selected for a 100-day simulation in the High Canadian Arctic on Devon Island. He worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Man-Vehicle Laboratory on a gambit of space exploration research projects. Dr. Kobrick worked at Space Florida as a Project Manager for Research and Development, focusing on Florida efforts including research competitions as well as education programs to catalyze technology development from the academic and business communities.

In his volunteer time, Ryan is the Chairman and President of Yuri's Night, the World Space Party, which celebrates human spaceflight every April 12th. In 2015, Dr. Kobrick was inducted by the International Astronautical Federation into the Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme. He plays ice hockey, sails/races, SCUBA dives, skis, hikes, and enjoys photography and film making.