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Dr. Leroy Chiao

Former NASA Astronaut

Date: November 29, 2012

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: ESB 1001

*** Engineering Sciences Building ESB Room 1001 ***

The space and microgravity environment presents unique biomedical challenges to astronauts and other biological systems. These issues are increased during long-duration spaceflight, and will become more important as missions beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) are contemplated. Mitigation of these factors present interesting engineering and material science design problems. Leroy Chiao will present an overview of these issues and opportunities, as well as current operational countermeasures and developments, against a backdrop of his spaceflight experiences.

Astronaut Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., holds appointments in Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University, works in business and consulting, and is an active speaker. He has worked extensively in both government and commercial space programs, and is a part of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the Center for Space Medicine. He has extensive experience as a NASA Astronaut and, prior to that, as a Research Engineer. He is involved in entrepreneurial business ventures and works in the US, China, Japan and Russia. He is a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the Committee of 100. Dr. Chiao also serves in various capacities to further space education.

Dr. Chiao left NASA in December, 2005 following a fifteen-year career with the agency. A veteran of four space missions, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space - over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks). From June–September 2009, he served as a member of the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.

A native English speaker, Dr. Chiao also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown space missions and worked closely with Russian, Japanese and European Astronauts and their affiliated space agencies. Dr. Chiao is uniquely qualified to speak about the United States, Russian, Japanese, European and Chinese Space Programs. A Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, Dr. Chiao was also a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is an expert in all facets of U.S. and Russian EVA hardware and operations and is EVA certified in U.S. and Russian spacesuits, tools, and training programs. In September 2006, Chiao became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. There, he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong.

Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, he worked as a Research Engineer at Hexcel Corp. and then at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Other Seminars
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  Chemistry & Biochemistry
  Computer Science
  Electrical & Computer Engineering
  Mechanical Engineering

Institutes and Centers
  Center for Control, Dynamical
    Systems & Computation (CDCC)

  Research in Fluid Physics (CIRF)
  Institute for Collaborative
    Biotechnologies (ICB)

  Kavli Institute for
    Theoretical Physics (KITP)

  Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)




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