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About Ryan L. Kobrick

Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick is an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations (formerly Commercial Space Operations) in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and Principal Investigator of the ERAU Spacesuit Utilization of Innovative Technology Laboratory (S.U.I.T. Lab). His research, working with students, in the ERAU S.U.I.T. Lab focuses on: assessing the work envelope during a simulated suborbital spaceflight intravehicular activity (IVA) using various pressure suits and motion capture; surface exploration extravehicular activity (EVA) metrics and spacesuit technologies using analogue research locations; and, research on lunar dust abrasion and spacecraft design and operations

Ryan is the Chairman of the Board and President of Yuri's Night, a USA 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the aim of connecting hundreds of 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 and won the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace Award for Best Presentation of Space (MMXI). Since 2001, Yuri's Night has reached more than 4 million people.


2016 - Present Assistant Professor of Commercial Space Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Aviation, Applied Aviation Sciences
2010 - Present Chairman of the Board of Directors & President, Yuri's Night

Curriculum Vitae

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  • CSO 375 - Spacesuits & Human Spaceflight Operations
  • CSO 410 - Space Operations Planning & Operations
  • SP 200 - Planetary & Space Exploration
  • SP 425 - Select Topics in Space/Aerospace
  • CSO 490 - Senior Space Operations Project


2010 Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder ‐ Bioastronautics
2005 M.S., The Pennsylvania State University ‐ Aerospace Engineering
2003 M.S.S., International Space University ‐ Space Studies
2002 B.Sc., Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario ‐ Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
COA 327
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 226-6585


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Conference Papers (2)

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