Tobias Niederwieser

Tobias Niederwieser, Ph.D.

Research Associate
BioServe Space Technologies
Bioastronautics Focus Area
Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences

Education

  • 05/2015-11/2018   Doctor of Philosophy University of Colorado, Boulder, Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • 07/2016-09/2016   Space Studies Program, International Space University, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • 08/2013-05/2015   Master of Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Aerospace Engineering Science
  • 10/2010-08/2013   Bachelor of Science, Technische Universität München, Aerospace Engineering

Professional Experience

  • 11/2018-Present    Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder, BioServe Space Technologies
  • 08/2013-11/2018   Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado, Boulder, BioServe Space Technologies
  • 04/2012-08/2013   Research Assistant, Technical University Munich, Institute of Astronautics
  • 10/2011                  Internship, BMW AG, Munich, chassis development
  • 09/2010                  Internship, Porsche AG, Weissach, prototype development
  • 07/2008                  Internship, Lufthansa Technik AG, Hamburg, aircraft overhaul and maintenance
  • 07/2007-05/2008   Cooperation, BMW AG, Leipzig, development of the Neige-Rodel (tilting sled)

Projects

  • 06/2022-05/2024    PI, CASIS, ISS Flight Study, “In-Space Production of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Clinical Application”
  • 06/2022-05/2025   Co-I, NASA InSPA, ISS Flight Studies, “Expansion of Hematopoietic Stem Cells for Clinical Application”
  • 04/2022-08/2025   PI, NASA REMIS, Conceptual Study w Gateway Flight Option, “Gateway Payload Enclosure“
  • 05/2021-06/2022   PI, NASA STTR Phase I, Ground Study, “Remote Experimentation and Analysis Laboratory onboard the Lunar Gateway”
  • 01/2020-07/2022   Co-I, NASA STTR Phase II, Ground Study, “A Robust Biofilm-Biomat Reactor for Conversion of Mission-Relevant Feedstocks to Products”
  • 06/2019-08/2022   Co-I, NASA Ames Research Center, ISS Flight Study, “BioSentinel ISS Payload”
  • 03/2019-Present    Collaborator, NASA ROSBio, ISS and Artemis-1 Flight Study, “Multi-Generational Genome-Wide Yeast Fitness Profiling Beyond and Below Earth’s van Allen Belts”
  • 12/2018-06/2020   Advisor, SpaceLab Technologies, Lilypond
  • 11/2018-12/2023   Project Manager, NASA, FRIDGE Development and Flight
  • 03/2017-09/2023   Lead Engineer, Northrop Grumman, AEM-E Development and Flight
  • 10/2011-03/2015   Engineer, NASA, SABL Development and Flight

Spaceflight Experience

  • 10/2022 (exp.)      SpaceX CRS-26: Launch of Plastic Cleaning Microbes (MIT Media Lab/Seed Health) to the ISS
  • 09/2022 (exp.)      Cygnus NG-18: Launch of Centrifuge as new space science facility to the ISS
  • 09/2022 (exp.)      Cygnus NG-18: Launch of HepaWell-1 (Yuri) experiment to the ISS
  • 09/2022 (exp.)      Cygnus NG-18: Launch of Cellbox-3 (Yuri) experiment to the ISS
  • 08/2022 (exp.)      Artemis-I: Launch of PLASM as autonomous deep space radiation laboratory in Lunar orbit
  • 06/2022 (exp.)      SpaceX CRS-25: Launch of Protein Manufacturing Food Production Demonstrator (Nature’s Fynd/Montana State University) to the ISS
  • 04/2022                 SpaceX Crew-4 Launch of commercial LifeShip Genetic Capsule Payload (LifeShip) to the ISS
  • 12/2021                 SpaceX CRS-24: Launch of FRIDGE-3 as the new crew refrigerator to the ISS
  • 12/2024                 SpaceX CRS-24: Launch of BioSentinel Yeast Radiation (NASA Ames) experiment to the ISS
  • 08/2021                 SpaceX CRS-23: Launch of SALI-1 as a new space science laboratory to the ISS
  • 08/2021                 Cygnus NG-16: Launch of SABL-4 as a new space science laboratory to the ISS
  • 09/2020                 Cygnus NG-14: Launch of FRIDGE-1 and FRIDGE-2 as the new crew refrigerator to the ISS
  • 11/2019                 Cygnus NG-12: Launch of AEM-E as life support system to transport 40 rodents to the ISS
  • 04/2019                 Cygnus NG-11: Launch of AEM-E as life support system to transport 40 rodents to the ISS
  • 06/2017                 SpaceX CRS-11: Launch of SABL-3 as a new space science laboratory to the ISS
  • 12/2015                 Cygnus OA-4: Launch of SABL-1 and SABL-2 as a new space science laboratory to the ISS

Awards & Scholarships

  • 10/2021                  Finalist, Luigi G. Napolitano Award, International Astronautical Federation
  • 10/2020                  20 under 35 Award, Space and Satellite Professionals International
  • 10/2020                  Life Sciences in Space Research Most Cited Article in 2018 and 2019, Elsevier
  • 12/2019                  Expedition 59 Team Awards, Johnson Space Center Group Achievement Award, NASA
  • 10/2018                  Finalist, Luigi G. Napolitano Award, International Astronautical Federation
  • 06/2018                  Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, AIAA
  • 11/2016-12/2018    Fellowship, German Academic Scholarship Foundation
  • 03/2016                  Sponsorship of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency
  • 02/2016                  Sponsorship of the European Space Agency
  • 06/2015                  Best in theme award, NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition, Cocoa Beach
  • 04/2015                  Criterion Recognition for Intent, NASA’s 2014 Humans in Space Art Competition
  • 11/2014                  Twenty20s Award, Aviation Week, Phoenix
  • 06/2014                  First Prize graduate division, NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition, Cocoa Beach
  • 01/2014                  Sponsorship of the Association of Austrian Space Industries
  • 10/2008                  Bronze medal, "Ideas-Inventions-New Products" international trade fair, Nuremberg
  • 05/2008                  Heinz and Gisela Friederichs foundation award, German youth science national competition
  • 03/2007                  Second prize, German youth science state competition, Chemnitz

Languages

  • German (native), English (fluent), French (intermediate)

Publications

Journal Articles

  1. L. Zea, S. Piper, H. Gaikani, M. Khoshnoodi, T. Niederwieser, A. Hoehn, M. Grusin, J. Wright, P. Flores, K. Wilson, A. Lutsic, L. Stodieck, C. Carr, R. Moeller, C. Nislow, “Experiment verification test of the Artemis I ‘Deep Space Radiation Genomics’ experiment”, Acta Astronautica, [Accepted]
  2. T. Niederwieser, R. Aaron, S. Countryman, S. Doraisingam, H. Fultz, R. Griffith, A. Hoehn, M. Rupert, J. Wright, L. Stodieck, “FRIDGE – The Next Generation Freezer / Refrigerator / Incubator for Food and Experiment Conditioning Onboard the ISS”, The Journal of Space Safety Engineering, [Accepted]
  3. T. Niederwieser, P. Kociolek, and D. Klaus, “Effect of altered nitrogen partial pressure on Chlorellaceae for spaceflight applications,” Algal Research, 41, 101543, 2019.
  4. T. Niederwieser, P. Kociolek, and D. Klaus, “A review of algal research in space,” Acta Astronautica, 146, pp. 359–367, 2018.
  5. T. Niederwieser, D. Klaus, P. Kociolek, “Spacecraft Cabin Environment Effects on the Growth and Behavior of Chlorella Vulgaris for Life Support Applications”, Life Sciences in Space Research, 16, pp. 8-17, 2018.
  6. T. Niederwieser, “Konstruktion und Bau einer Neige-Rodel”, (Construction and Build of a Tilting-Sled) Junge Wissenschaft, 85, pp. 24–32, 2010.

Conference Papers (Refereed)

  1. T. Ruck, D. Pütz, T. Niederwieser, “Dynamic Simulation of Performance and Mass, Power, and Volume prediction of an Algal Life Support System;” in 49th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst., Boston, MA, 2019 (ICES-2019-207).
  2. J. Anthony, A. Hoehn, T. Niederwieser, L. Stodieck, and S. Tozer, ”Implementation of Lithium Hydroxide as a Dual CO2/H2O Scrubber for a Rodent Research Life Support System;” in 48th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst., Albuquerque, NM, 2018 (ICES-2018-229).
  3. T. Bennet, C. Cain, N. Campbell, A. Gemer, J. Marino, T. Niederwieser, and A. Rao, “The CENKI Space Economic Simulator: Analytical Verification of an Agent-Based Modeling Engine;” in IEEE Aerosp. Conf., Big Sky, MT, 2018 (2020 2).
  4. T. Bennet, C. Cain, N. Campbell, A. Gemer, J. Marino, T. Niederwieser, and A. Rao, “The CENKI Space Economic Simulator: Demonstrating Agent-Based Modeling on Satellite Market Data;” in IEEE Aerosp. Conf., Big Sky, MT, 2018 (2344 2).
  5. T. Niederwieser, R. Wall, J. Nabity, and D. Klaus, “Development of a testbed for flow-through measurements of algal metabolism under altered pressure for bioregenerative life support applications;” in 47th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst., Charleston, SC, 2017 (ICES-2017-23).
  6. T. Niederwieser, J. Anthony, A. Darnell, G. King, P. Koenig, L. Stodieck, and J. Wright, “SABL – An EXPRESS locker-sized incubator for performing biological experiments onboard the ISS;” in 45th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst., Bellevue, WA, 2015 (ICES-2015-081).
  7. T. Niederwieser, R. Gerren, P. Koenig, S. Tozer, L. Stodieck, S. Rieger, and A. Hoehn, “AEM-E – A small life support system for the transport of rodents to the ISS;” in 44th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst., Tucson, AZ, 2014 (ICES-2014-101).
  8. S.D. Tozer, P. Koenig, T. Niederwieser, and L. Stodieck, “Design and Flight - Qualification of an Oxygen Resupply System to Support the Transport of Live Rodents to the ISS;” in 44th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst., Tucson, AZ, 2014 (ICES-2014-155).
  9. J. Holquist, P. Koenig, S. Tozer, A. A. Williams, D. M. Klaus, L. Stodieck, T. Niederwieser, C. T. Olthoff, and A. Hoehn, “Atmosphere Regeneration to enable Life Support for the Transport of Rodents to and from the ISS - Design Trades and Test Results;” in 43rd Int. Conf. Environ. Syst., Vail, 2013 (AIAA-2013-3461).

Conference Papers (Non-Refereed)

  1. T. Niederwieser, “REALISE – Automated Payload Operations onboard the Lunar Gateway” in Int. Astronaut. Congr., Paris, France, 2022 (IAC-22,A2,5,x73146)
  2. L. Zea, T. Niederwieser, A. Hoehn, M. Grusin, J. Wright, G. Stanish, S. Piper, P. Flores, R. Griffith, H. Gaikani, M. Khoshnoodi, K. Siems, M. Cortesão, V. Bernstein, D. Knipp, K. Wilson, K. Scott, A. Lutsic, M. Soler, K. Sato, A. Viau, R. Aragón, L. Stodieck, S. Countryman, C. Carr, R. Moeller, C. Nislow, “From Idea to Lunar Orbit Flight Readiness – Implementation of the Artemis I ‘Deep Space Radiation Genomics’ (DSRG) Yeast Experiment”, in American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conf., Baltimore, MD, 2021.
  3. T. Niederwieser, R. Aaron, S. Countryman, S. Doraisingam, H. Fultz, R. Griffith, A. Hoehn, M. Rupert, J. Wright, L. Stodieck, “FRIDGE – The Next Generation Freezer / Refrigerator / Incubator for Food and Experiment Conditioning Onboard the ISS” in Int. Astronaut. Congr., Dubai, UAE, 2021 (IAC-21-A1.3.6x61857)
  4. L. Zea, S. Piper, H. Gaikani, M. Khoshnoodi, T. Niederwieser, A. Hoehn, M. Grusin, J. Wright, P. Flores, K. Wilson, A. Lutsic, L. Stodieck, C. Carr, R. Moeller, C. Nislow, “Experiment Verification Test of the Artemis-I 'Deep Space Radiation Genomics' Experiment” in Int. Astronaut. Congr., Dubai, UAE, 2021 (IAC-21-A2.7.1x65012)
  5. T. Niederwieser, L. Zea, L. Stodieck, “Enabling High-Throughput and High-Impact Space Life Science Research on the Lunar Surface” in Lunar Surface Workshop, Virtual, 2020
  6. L. Zea, T. Niederwieser, L. Stodieck, C. Carr, R. Moeller, C. Nislow, “Experiment Design for a Genome-Wide Yeast Fitness Profiling Experiment on Board Orion’s Exploration Mission 1“ in Int. Astronaut. Congr., Washington, D.C., 2019 (IAC-19-A2.7.9x51501).
  7. A. Jurga, J. Kuźma, K. Janiak, T. Niederwieser, “Experiment design to investigate the possibility of using grey water in aeroponic cultivation of various crops for future long-term space missions” in 11th Conf. on Interdisc. Probl. in Environ. Protect. and Engin. EKO-DOK, Dolny Śląsk, Poland, 2019 (00031).
  8. T. Niederwieser, “Feasibility study of an algal-based life support system” in Int. Astronaut. Congr., Bremen, Germany, 2018 (IAC-18.A1.7.9x43517).
  9. T. Niederwieser, D. Klaus, “Algal research in space” in Int. Astronaut. Congr., Adelaide, Australia, 2017 (IAC-17.A1.7.7x36885).
  10. M. Ahmad, A. Atary, J. Bai, D. Begun, E. Burger, D. Catanoso, L. Dao, M. Foster, R. Gandam, M. Grialou, Z. Gu, H. Li, M. Langer Appel, B. Lombard, A. McSweeney, N. Meirhaeghe, M. Nestoridi, T. Niederwieser, J. Norheim, E. Orlova, H. Petersson, H. Price, J. Rabineau, J. Richards, N. Romero, D. Shmuel, M. Soumagnac, Z. Song, G. Tang, L. Yekui, B. Zhang, and J. Cohen, “Implications of New Discoveries in the Martian Environment” in Int. Astronaut. Congr. Guadalajara, Mexico, 2016 (IAC-16.A5.2.7x34276).
  11. T. Bennett, C. Cain, N. Campbell, A. Gemer, T. Green, and T. Niederwieser, “Engineering the Cis-lunar economic system based on ULA’s Cis-Lunar-1000 Vision” in AIAA Space Forum, Long Beach, CA, 2016 (10.2514/6.2016-5305).

Presentations

  1. GeneLab’s Meet the Expert Session, Invited Talk, Virtual, 2022
  2. Improving Space Operations Workshop (ISOW), Invited Talk, Virtual, 2022
  3. 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), “FRIDGE – The Next Generation Freezer / Refrigerator / Incubator for Food and Experiment Conditioning Onboard the ISS” Dubai, UAE, 2021.
  4. Space Symposium, Panel Member, New Generation Space Leaders Panel – Engineering a Launch, Virtual, 2021
  5. ASGSR-Webinar, Invited Talk, Virtual, 2021
  6. 3rd STARTECH Conference, Invited Talk, Virtual, 2020
  7. Bioastronautics Seminar, Invited Talk, Virtual, 2020
  8. 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Panel Member, “Public Private Partnerships as a Catalyst for the Next Generation”, Virtual, 2020
  9. 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), “Feasibility study of an algal-based life support system” Bremen, Germany, 2018.
  10. NASA Deep Space Gateway Science Workshop, “Basic and Applied Algal Life Support System Research on Board the Deep Space Gateway” Denver, CO, 2018.
  11. 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), “Algal Research in Space” Adelaide, Australia, 2017.
  12. 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), “Development of a testbed for flow-through measurements of algal metabolism under altered pressure for bioregenerative life support applications” Charleston, SC, 2017.
  13. 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), “SABL – An EXPRESS locker-sized incubator for performing biological experiments onboard the ISS” Bellevue, WA, 2015.
  14. 44th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), “AEM-E – A small life support system for the transport of rodents to the ISS” Tucson, AZ, 2014.

Theses

  1. T. Niederwieser, “Analysis of factors affecting the implementation of an algal photobioreactor into a spacecraft life support system” University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2018.
  2. T. Niederwieser, “Evaluation of a flow-through test bed for algal atmosphere revitalization in spaceflight applications;” University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2015.
  3. T. Niederwieser, “Feasibility of polyamide gears for use in high performance space flight mechanisms;” Technical University Munich, Germany, 2013.

Patents

  1. T. Niederwieser, Die Neige-Rodel/Der Neige-Schlitten (The Tilting-Sled); DE202007004158 U1, 2007.

Posters

  1. T. Niederwieser and D. Klaus, “Optimization of algal photobioreactor concepts for implementation into spacecraft life support systems;” in 48th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst. Albuquerque, NM, 2018.
  2. R. Wall, T. Niederwieser, D. Klaus, and J. Nabity, “Evaluation of Agar-Grown Algae for Environmental Control and Life Support Systems in Spacecraft Applications;” in 47th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst. Charleston, SC, 2017.
  3. T. Niederwieser, R. Wall, and D. Klaus, “Design consideration of an algal photobioreactor for implementation into a spacecraft environmental control and life support system;” in 7th Int. Conf. Algal Biomass, Biofuels, Bioprod. Miami, FL, 2017.
  4. T. Niederwieser, “Recreating Earth in space: Spacecraft life support using algae;” in Austrian Res. Innov. Talk. Toronto, Canada, 2016.
  5. J. Anthony, K. Brissenden, A. Darnell, T. Sparks, G. Hale, R. Huang, E. Kowalski, T. Niederwieser, and K. Rosario, “Experimental Test Facility for Environmental Control and Life Support Systems Research for Human Spaceflight;” in 44th Int. Conf. Environ. Syst., Tucson, AZ, 2014.
  6. J. Anthony, K. Brissenden, A. Darnell, G. Hale, T. Sparks, R. Huang, E. Kowalski, T. Niederwieser, and K. Rosario, “Experimental Test Facility for Environmental Control and Life Support Systems for Human Spaceflight Research;” in CU Aerosp. Eng. Sci. Student Des. Symp., Boulder, CO, 2014.

Popular Press

  1. C. Reppenhagen, “A refrigerator from CU Boulder could change the future of astronaut food”, 9News, https://www.9news.com/video/news/local/next/a-refrigerator-from-cu-bould..., 10/06/2020.
  2. D. Gruber, M. Röggla, “Algen im Weltall?”, IschGleich Podcast, https://ischgleich.podigee.io/28-tobias-niederwieser, 08/31/2020.
  3. J. Zehnder, “New FRIDGE could bring real ice cream to space”, University of Colorado Boulder, https://www.colorado.edu/aerospace/2020/04/23/new-fridge-could-bring-real-ice-cream-space, 04/23/2020.
  4. T. Mayer, “Der große Traum vom Abheben”, Leipziger Volkszeitung, p.19, 10/19/2018.
  5. T. Niederwieser, “Using algae to support astronauts on deep space missions”, ROOM – The Space Journal, 16(2), pp. 45-49, 2018.
  6. E. Stanzl,”Wir alle wollen Astronauten werden”, Wiener Kurier, p.25, 10/21/2017.
  7. J. Beals, “Tobias Niederwieser: Growing Little Green Algae in Space”, Office of Science and Technologies, Austria, https://www.ostaustria.org/bridges-blog/categories/arit-poster-session-osta-showcase, 05/26/2017.
  8. D. Volkert, “Stay ahead of the Curve“, Technical University Munich, https://www.tum.de/en/global/international-locations/san-francisco-news/news-detail/article/33407, 08/15/2016.
  9. A. Sandberg, “Student Profile: Tobias Niederwieser”, University of Colorado Boulder, https://www.colorado.edu/aerospace/student-profile-tobias-niederwieser, 2015.

Supervised Students

  • 08/2021-Present   Graduate Research Assistant, Michael Hirsch, VGM Development
  • 06/2020-08/2021  Graduate Research Assistant, Ryan Griffith, FRIDGE/VGM Development
  • 08/2020-02/2021  Graduate Research Assistant, Ben Wexler, PLASM Development
  • 04/2019-08/2020  Graduate Research Assistant, Robby Aaron, FRIDGE Development
  • 07/2018-11/2018  TU Munich, Thomas Ruck, Master Thesis “Dynamic simulation of algal photobioreactors in spaceflight life support systems”
  • 03/2018                 The BOLD Center, Spring Break for Research, Emily Weidenfeller
  • 05/2016-08/2017  CU Boulder, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Ryan Wall
  • 10/2015-05/2016 TU Munich, PROMOS Scholarship, Sina Kaufmann, Master Thesis “Spacecraft Closed Loop Life Support System Testbed”

Service Positions

  • 05/2021-10/2021  Organizing Team, 4th Space Travel, Virtual
  • 08/2021                 Session Chair, 2021 ISSR&D Conference, Virtual
  • 08/2021                 New Generation Team, Space Foundation, Space Symposium, Colorado Springs
  • 11/2020-Present   Space Habitats Committee Member, International Astronautical Federation
  • 06/2020-10/2020  Panelist, IAC 2020 Next Generation Plenary, International Astronautical Federation
  • 05/2019-10/2019  PR&Com Team, Space Generation Advisory Council, Space Generation Congress, Washington
  • 10/2018-05/2019  Logistics Team, Space Generation Advisory Council, Fusion Forum, Colorado Springs
  • 06/2018-12/2018 Moderator, Space Generation Advisory Council, Space Generation Congress, Bremen
  • 10/2017-05/2018  Program Team, Space Generation Advisory Council, Fusion Forum, Colorado Springs
  • 02/2017-02/2018  National Point of Contact, Student European Low Gravity Research Association
  • 02/2017                 Design Review Judge, NASA HUNCH Program, Denver
  • 08/2016-08/2018  Public Relations Officer, Committee for Expansion into Key Space Industries, Boulder
  • 04/2016                 8th Emerging Space Industry Leaders Workshop, United Launch Alliance, Denver
  • 01/2015-04/2016  Fundraising Committee, University of Colorado Boulder, CU International Festival
  • 08/2014-03/2017  International Student Guide, University of Colorado Boulder, International Office
  • 04/2013-07/2013  Tennis trainer, Technical University Munich, University Sports Center (ZHS)
  • 10/2010-10/2013  Stem cell courier, University of Leipzig, Institute of Hematology
  • 09/2008                 Fraunhofer-Talent-School, Fraunhofer, Munich, micro-mechatronics
  • 07/2008                 International Science and Engineering Camp, EWHA University, Seoul, South Korea

Peer-Review Assignments

  • Acta Astronautica 2020
  • Astrobiology 2019 and 2020
  • International Conference on Environmental Systems 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, 2021, 2022
  • ISSR&D Conference 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Life Science in Space Research 2019, 2020, and 2021

Memberships

  • AIAA                      American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • ELGRA                   European Low Gravity Research Association
  • IAF                         International Astronautical Federation
  • SGAC                     Space Generation Advisory Council
  • SSPI                        Space & Satellite Professionals International