Bio

Biography of Ryan L. Kobrick, Ph.D.


Dr. Kobrick holds a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering (Queen's University), Master's of Space Studies (International Space University), Master's of Science in Aerospace Engineering (Pennsylvania State University), and Doctorate of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (Bioastronautics, University of Colorado at Boulder). Ryan’s Ph.D. dissertation, "Characterization and Measurement Standardization of Lunar Dust Abrasion for Spacecraft Design and Operations," was supported by NASA Glenn Research Center (2007-2010). Dust work led to several mitigation research projects as a Postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010-2012), as an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2016-2020), and though participation as a crewmember of simulated Mars missions six times including a 100-operational-day simulation on Devon Island (2004-2018) and as a Principal Investigator (2016-2020).

Joining Paragon Space Development Corporation in 2020, Dr. Kobrick was the Integrated Product Team Lead (IPTL) for the Dynetics Human Landing System (DHLS) Environmental and Control Life Support System’s (ECLSS) Atmospheric Monitoring Subsystem (AMS) and Fire Suppression Subsystem (FSS). Ryan additionally acted as the Paragon point of contact for the DHLS Dust Mitigation Working Group efforts and contributed to the leadership for the Crew Module Splinter Group. He remains active with the dust mitigation community through the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) and in recent publications as the abrasion subject matter expert with the University of Central Florida’s Center for Lunar & Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) Exolith Lab.

Dr. Kobrick is active in the global space community contributing to committees in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

Professor Kobrick was an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach and Principal Investigator of the ERAU Spacesuit Utilization of Innovative Technology Laboratory (S.U.I.T. Lab). Ryan was the volunteer Chairman and President of Yuri's Night, the World Space Party. Dr. Kobrick worked at Space Florida as a Project Manager for Research and Development, focused on research competitions and education programs. He worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Man-Vehicle Laboratory and completed three research rotations at the X PRIZE Foundation. Ryan has participated as a crewmember of simulated Mars missions six times including a 100-operational-day simulation on Devon Island and continues to aid outreach programs to connect ‘Analog Astronauts’ to simulated spaceflight environments. Over ~18 years, his human spaceflight focused research has included reach and work envelopes using motion capture, analogue research, lunar dust abrasion, global engagement, and lunar/Martian surface operations.

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



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Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick was an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations in the College of Aviation at +Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) 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 focused on: human performance; assessing the reach and work envelopes for spaceflight intravehicular activity (IVA) using pressure suits and motion capture; surface exploration extravehicular activity (EVA) metrics and spacesuit technologies using analogue research locations; research on lunar dust abrasion and spacecraft design and operations; and global engagement.

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.

From 2010-2018, Ryan was 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). Starting in 2001, Yuri's Night reached more than 4 million people by 2018.

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 assisted 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.

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 (now Human Systems 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".

At CU-Boulder in 2005-2010, 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 at CU-Boulder. 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 (ISU Masters thesis), 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) six times on crews 25 (2004), 44 / ExBeta (2006), 56 / ExGamma (2007), 58 / FMARS Training (2007), and as Commander of the ISU alumni Crew 188 (2018). From his first four MDRS experiences, he was selected for a 100-operational-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.