Our Team

Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick

Dr. Ryan L. Kobrick is an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and Principal Investigator of the ERAU Spacesuit Utilization of Innovative Technology Laboratory (S.U.I.T. Lab).

S.U.I.T. Lab Principal Investigator Ryan L. Kobrick, Ph.D.

S.U.I.T. Lab Principal Investigator Ryan L. Kobrick, Ph.D.

Dr. Kobrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, Master’s of Space Studies degree from the International Space University, Master’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (focus: Bioastronautics) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His NASA GSRP Fellow Ph.D. work with NASA Glenn Research Center was titled “Characterization and Measurement Standardization of Lunar Dust Abrasion for Spacecraft Design and Operations”. Ryan participated as a crewmember of simulated Mars missions four times at in Utah and was selected for a 100-day simulation in the High Canadian Arctic on Devon Island. He worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Man-Vehicle Laboratory on a gambit of space exploration research projects. Dr. Kobrick worked at Space Florida as a Project Manager for Research and Development, focusing on Florida efforts including research competitions as well as education programs to catalyze technology development from the academic and business communities.

In his volunteer time, Ryan is the Chairman and President of Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party, which celebrates human spaceflight every April 12th. In 2015, Dr. Kobrick was inducted by the International Astronautical Federation into the Young Space Leaders Recognition Programme. In his free time he enjoys being a husband and a father, he plays ice hockey, sails/races, SCUBA dives, skis, hikes, and enjoys photography and film making. For more information, visit RyInSpace.com.

S.U.I.T. Lab Team

Nick Lopac

Nick Lopac
Lead Technician

Spring 2017

Peyton Schwartz

Peyton Schwartz

Spring 2017

The S.U.I.T. Lab would like to acknowledge the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Aviation and Applied Aviation Department for their support in the establishment of the S.U.I.T. Lab. The lab would also like to thank the undergraduate students who helped bring the S.U.I.T. Lab in existence:

Gavin James

Gavin James

Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

Jazmyne Lones

Jazmyne Lones

Spring 2017

Using her expertise in spaceflight operations and human factors, Jazmyne conducted research involving the effects of spacesuit technology during extravehicular activities. This research was considered “gloves-on” and included range of motion testing and demonstrations. Jazmyne graduated May 2017 and is now studying Space Systems at Florida Institute of Technology.

 Victor Kitmanyen

Victor Kitmanyen

Summer / Fall 2016

Victor was involved in the original development of lab, and worked as a lab technician through the Fall of 2016. He was in charge of the design and construction of the spacecraft cabin mockup, with the particular task of modeling the adjustable vertical-launch seat after those in the Orion capsule. Victor graduated in December of 2016, and is now studying Space Architecture at the University of Houston.

Erik Seedhouse

Prof. Erik Seedhouse

Summer / Fall 2016

Christopher Nguygen

Christopher Nguygen

Summer / Fall 2016

Christopher was one of the original three students assigned to develop the S.U.I.T. lab during the summer of 2016. Christopher has a minor in human factors design, and developed the original frame for the motion capture seat rig. His primary duties are as the Chief Pilot in the Suborbital Space Flight Simulator, but he has extensive knowledge of commercial pressure suits.