CU alumnus Jim Voss has become the second astronaut to join the aerospace engineering sciences department following his NASA career. Voss, whose career has included five spaceflights, four spacewalks, and 202 total days in space, joins fellow astronaut Joe Tanner, who came to CU-Boulder as a senior instructor last year.
“I hope to help inspire the next generation of space explorers,” said Voss, who earned his master's degree in aerospace engineering at CU-Boulder in 1974 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2000. He holds the Roubos Endowed Chair in Engineering, which is supported by a gift from CU-Boulder alumni Gary and Terie Roubos. He also will serve as an ambassador for CU, speaking at local events and promoting the college and campus.
“Jim brings a wealth of hands-on experience that will benefit both the educational and research missions of our university,” said Dean Robert Davis. “It is a privilege to have him on our faculty.”
Voss was a U.S. Army flight test engineer before he went to work at NASA's Johnson Space Center in 1984. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1987, after which he trained for Space Shuttle flights and as a back-up crew member to the Russian space station Mir. His first spaceflight came in 1991, and he flew again in 1992, 1995, 2000, and 2001. During 2001, Voss lived on board the International Space Station for 163 days as a member of the Expedition2 crew.
At CU Voss will teach a new undergraduate course, “Introduction to Human Space Flight,” mentor graduate student projects in the area of human space flight, and help to develop the department's graduate program in bioastronautics.