Resident Fellow
   
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Professional Profile
2010-2013   Resident Fellow, European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), Vienna, Austria
2005-2010   Head ESA Astronauts Division, EAC, Cologne, Germany, responsible for all astronaut related operations, including the selection of new astronauts in 2009
2001-2005   Head ESA Astronauts and Operations Unit in the Astronauts Division at EAC, Cologne, Germany, including:2003-2004 Back-up of European DELTA mission, training at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), Moscow, for Soyuz TMA as board engineer
1996-2001    Astronaut in the NASA Astronaut Office; special tasks included: 2000-2001 CAPCOM, responsible for the communication between the space shuttle and mission control and 1998-2000 Flight training for the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) as Mission Specialist, responsible as shift lead for radar operations during the 11 day flight from 11 – 22 February 2000
1996-1998   Technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch, responsible for the development of a new class of computer based training courses after completion of Basic Astronaut Training at Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, USA
1995-1996   Head of the Crew Training Centre (CTC) at the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR), Cologne, Germany
1994   Member of the Strategic Planning Group for the Programme Director of DLR, Cologne, Germany
1987-1993   Science Astronaut at the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR), Cologne; responsible as Alternate Payload Specialist (APS) during the second German Spacelab Mission D-2 from 26 April – 6 May 1993

Publications/ Scientific Activities:
Co-author of three books focusing on Human Space Exploration and the role of humans in cosmos; several publications in psychology on human factors and man-machine interaction as well as geophysics and oceanography

List of Publications

Guest lecturer at the University of Karlsruhe in 2009


Functions/Memberships:
Chairman of the Session “Knowledge Management and Safety” at the first IAASS Conference, Nice, 2005
Member of Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society)
Member of the American Geophysical Union
Member of the IAA (International Academy of Astronautics) Subcommittee on Lunar and Mars Development (1998) Member of the American Astronautical Society
Member of the Association of Space Explorers
Member of “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt Lilienthal-Oberth e.V.” (DGLR)

Education
1986-1987   Postdoctoral Studies in Physical Oceanography at Geophysics Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton University, USA
1985   Doctorate Degree in Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany
1982   Diploma in Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany
1976-1982   Studies in Physics, Universities of Munich and Heidelberg, Germany

Languages:
German, English

Nationality: German