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

Chase Covello

Chase Covello
Research Assistant

Fall 2017

As a researcher in the lab, Chase works with the motion capture cameras and software during tests and also provides the editing need for the recorded data. He uses his knowledge of the software and its procedures to advise in the research paper writing process. In addition, he helps with the outreach of the lab to educating others about the lab itself and its research. He plans to graduate in the Spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Spaceflight Operations and minor in Human Factors.

Riley Flanagan
Research Assistant

Spring 2018

Bio coming soon.

Angie Gould

Angelica “Angie” Gould
Research Assistant

Fall 2017

Angie facilitates global outreach by recruiting students for CSO399: Spacesuits & Human Spaceflight Operations, a class instructed in Greece by Dr. Kobrick. She also collaborates with Yuri’s Night leaders to promote on campus commemoration of humans in space. She also manages the lab social media and is working on establishing a larger social media presence.

Nick Lopac

Nick Lopac
Lead Technician

Spring 2017

Nick manages day to day lab activities and aided in the redesign of the lab. His expertise is in graphic design and video editing, he created the lab’s new logo and the documentary on the inaugural study abroad program in Greece. Nick is also the in-house technology specialist and advises on what innovative technologies the lab employs to aid in it’s research. He anticipates graduation in the year 2021 with a degree in Spaceflight Operations and minors in Entrepreneurship, Human Factors, and Systems Engineering.

Peyton Schwartz

Peyton Schwartz
Technician

Spring 2017

Working as a lab researcher, Peyton collects data and sources that aid in the development of efficient strategies for 3D motion capture testing. She helps create and improve testing protocols for industry partners, and assists in drafting technical documents for the lab’s industry involvement. She expects to graduate with two bachelor degrees, one in Spaceflight Operations and another in Human Factors.

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

 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.

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.

Maximilian Meyer
Research Assistant

Fall 2017

Max is an Aerospace Physiology student who helped conduct various biomedical tests.

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.

Emily Parcell
Research Assistant

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018

After taking the study abroad course CSO399: Spacesuits & Human Spaceflight Operations in Greece in 2017, Emily worked with the lab to help enhance the curriculum for the 2018 Expedition Greece program.

Jeni Schuman

Jenifer Schuman
Research Assistant

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018

Jeni is an Aerospace Physiology student who helped conduct various biomedical tests over the academic year. She plans to graduate in May of 2020 with a degree in Aerospace Physiology and minors in Flight and Human Factors. 

Erik Seedhouse

Prof. Erik Seedhouse

Summer / Fall 2016