Astronaut Edward Lu is a research physicist working in the fields of solar physics and astrophysics. He is also a veteran of three NASA space missions from 1997-2003, logging over 196 days in space plus a 6-hour spacewalk.
After obtaining his PhD in applied physics from Stanford University in 1989, Lu was a visiting scientist at the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado, until 1992. In his final year at HAO, Lu held an appointment with the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado. From 1992-1995 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Lu has developed a number of new theoretical advances which have provided a basic understanding of the underlying physics of solar flares. He has published articles on a wide range of topics including solar flares, cosmology, solar oscillation, statistical mechanics and plasma physics. He holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings and has over 1000 hours of flying time, some of it aerobatic.
Luís undergraduate degree in electrical engineering is from Cornell University, where he was a Presidential Scholar. He considers Honolulu and Webster, New York, to be his hometowns.