ISS Flight Engineer-2
NASA Astronaut, USA
BIRTH DATA AND PLACE:
Born August 6, 1962, in Montreal, Canada.
Blackford High School, San Jose, California, 1980. B.S., Electrical
Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, 1984. M.S., Aeronautical
Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1985. Ph.D., Aeronautics
and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992. M.S., Space
Science (Planetary Geology), University of Houston in Clear Lake, 2002.
HOBBY: Diving with aqualung, walking-tours, piloting, skis, rocketball,
aikido, and guitar playing. Dr. Chamitoff is a qualified diver and pilot,
authorized to navigate aircraft.
AIAA Associate Fellow; AIAA Technical Excellence Award; NASA Silver
Snoopy Award; NASA/USA Space Flight Awareness Award; C.S. Draper Laboratory
Graduate Fellowship; IEEE Graduate Fellowship; Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi,
Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societies Fellowship; Applied Magnetics Scholarship;
Academic Excellence Award; Most Outstanding Senior Award; Degree of Excellence
and California Statewide Speech Finalist; Eagle Scout.
As an undergraduate student at the Cal Poly, Chamitoff taught lab courses
in circuit design and worked summer internships at Four Phase Systems,
Atari Computers, Northern Telecom and IBM. He developed a self-guided robot
for his undergraduate thesis project. While at Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) and Draper Labs (1985-1992), Chamitoff worked on several
NASA projects. He performed stability analysis for the deployment of the
Hubble Space Telescope, designed flight control upgrades for the Space
Shuttle autopilot, and developed Space Station attitude control system
software. In his doctoral thesis he developed a new approach for robust
intelligent flight control of hypersonic vehicles. From 1993 to 1995 Dr.
Chamitoff was a visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Australia,
where he led a research group in the development of autonomous flight vehicles,
and taught courses in flight dynamics and control. He has published numerous
papers on aircraft and spacecraft guidance and control, trajectory optimization,
and Mars mission design.
In 1998, Chamitoff joined Mission Operations at the Johnson Space Center,
where he developed software applications for spacecraft attitude monitoring,
prediction, analysis and maneuver optimization.
Selected by NASA for the Astronaut Class of 1998, Dr. Chamitoff started
training in August 1998, and was qualified for flights as a Mission specialist
in 2000. His assignments in the Astronaut Office included development of
procedures and display for the Space Station, crew support for ISS-6, voice
communication with the crew during ISS-9 and robotics aboard the Space
In July 2002, Dr. Chamitoff was a crewmember of the Aquarius undersea
research habitat for 9 days as part of the NEEMO 3 mission (NASA Extreme
Environment Mission Operations). Dr. Chamitoff is currently assigned as
ISS Flight Engineer-2 and Science Officer during long-duration Expedition
Based on NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center materials (USA).