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Michael James Massimino Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Mission Specialist. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 19 August 1962. Birth City: Oceanside. Birth State: New York. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: 1996 NASA Group. Date Selected: 01 May 1996.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: Michael J. Massimino (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

Born August 19, 1962 in Oceanside, New York. His hometown is Franklin Square, New York. Married to the former Carola P. Pardo. They have two children. He enjoys flying, basketball, squash, and running. His parents, C. Mario and Vincenza Massimino, reside in Franklin Square, New York. Her parents, Faro and Calogera Pardo, reside in New Hyde Park, New York.

Graduated from H. Frank Carey High School, Franklin Square, New York, in 1980; received a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering with honors from Columbia University in 1984; master of science degrees in mechanical engineering and in technology and policy, a degree of mechanical engineer, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1988, 1990, and 1992, respectively.

MIT Alumni Association, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi.

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Travel Prize to Japan, Best Paper Award at the 5th IFAC Symposium on Man-Machine Systems, Gold Medal in the Student Paper Contest at the 41st Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, and MIT Zakhartchenko Fellowship.

Massimino worked for IBM as a systems engineer from 1984 until 1986 where he was responsible for assisting IBM customers with large computer systems. In 1986 he began graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where developed auditory and tactile displays of force feedback for human operator control of space robotics systems. His work resulted in the awarding of one patent, with a second patent currently pending. During the summer of 1990, Massimino worked for the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR), where he contributed to the development of the Robot Technology Experiment (ROTEX) which flew on STS-55. After graduating from MIT in 1992, Massimino worked at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace in Houston, Texas as a research engineer where he developed computer generated displays to assist operators of the Space Shuttle remote manipulator system. These displays included the Manipulator Position Display, which was evaluated on STS-69. From 1992 to 1995 he was also an adjunct assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering & Material Sciences Department at Rice University, where he taught feedback control of mechanical systems. In September, 1995 Massimino joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. At Georgia Tech he taught human-machine systems engineering and conducted research on human-machine interfaces for space and aircraft systems in the Center for Human-Machine Systems Research. He has published numerous papers in technical journals and in the proceedings of technical conferences.

In the summer of 1987, Massimino worked at NASA Headquarters as a general engineer where he prepared a summary report reviewing the scope of major documents used in the human factors research program. During the summers of 1988 and 1989, he was a research fellow at the Marshall Space Flight Center in the Man-Systems Integration Branch, where he completed a study on the use of glove-type hand controllers for space robotic systems. Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 1996, Massimino reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996 to begin two years of training and evaluation. Successful completion of initial training will qualify him for various technical assignments leading to selection as a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle flight crew.


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