ISS Flight Engineer-2
NASA Astronaut, USA
BIRTH DATA AND PLACE:
February 10, 1968, town of Morristown, New Jersey (State), but he believes
that the town of Parsippany of the same state is his real homeland.
In 1991 he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and got the
degrees of Bachelor of Science in two subjects: Economics and Mechanics.
In 1992 he got the degree of Master of Science (mechanics) in the California
Institute of Technology. In 1997 he was granted the degree of Doctor of
Science in mechanics in the same Institute.
HOBBY: scuba-diving, snowboard, skiing, rock-climing, mountaineering.
From 1992 to 1996 he worked at the Mechanics and Applied Sciences department
in Pasadena, California Institute of Technology. He was engaged in studies
of fluid mechanics, discovered the laws of shock cavitation waves propagation.
From 1996 to 1998 he had been with TRW Company, Space and Technology
Division. He developed orientation system for Aqua spacecraft based upon
In June 1998 he was enlisted in NASA Astronauts Corps as a mission
specialist included in the 17th recruitment. In August 1998 he attended
a course of general space training. Upon its completion in August 1999
he was qualified as a mission specialist and assigned to NASA Astronauts
In the beginning, he was appointed at Office Robotics Branch, where
he took up Shuttle telescopic manipulator. In October 2001 he was assigned
to Advanced Vehicles Branch, where he was engaged in developing graphic
displays and control systems to be used in new Shuttle control cabins.
In June 2003 he joined the crew consisting of 4 members (NEEMO V crew)
and had spent two weeks in Aquarius underwater isolated laboratory. During
January 23-25, 2006 he as a member of conventional crew together with Roman
Romanenko and Mikhail Korniyenko took part in a two-day test for survival
in a deserted area in case of descent module emergency landing.
The test was carried out in the forest near Moscow.
On February 13, 2007 NASA took decision to appoint him Flight Engineer
of Expedition 16 (ISS-16) Prime Crew.
Based on NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center materials (USA).