November 8-11 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York

Speaker

Ryan Kobrick

Currently Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick works at Space Florida as a Project Manager, working with leading NewSpace companies of all sizes to promote the growth of Florida’s space industry and enable the future of commercial space development and exploration. 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. 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. His CU-Boulder start was in the summer of 2005 researching portable life support systems (spacesuits) with Dr. Klaus on a NASA-funded project. 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. Ryan was named Executive Director of Yuri's Night in July 2010, a USA 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the aim of connecting 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. 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 hockey and sails as much as possible, enjoys skiing, SCUBA diving, hiking, and making short comedic films.
Ryan Kobrick
Yuri's Night