Ryan L. Kobrick, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Kobrick has been part of the Yuri’s Night family since his first volunteer involvement in 2003 (Los Angeles, CA). Since 2003, Ryan has organized local events while being heavily involved with the Global Executive Team, embodying the age-old mantra of ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’. His passion for human spaceflight has led him to unique space opportunities in academics and his professional career. His degrees include: Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering (Queen’s U), Master’s of Space Studies (ISU), Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering (PSU) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering Sciences with a focus in Bioastronautics (CU-Boulder). Ryan’s Ph.D. thesis was titled “Characterization and Measurement Standardization of Lunar Dust Abrasion for Spacecraft Design and Operations” working with Prof. David Klaus. His experiences include 3 internships at the X PRIZE Foundation, 4 rotations at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a 4 month Mars simulation in the Canadian Arctic at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), a 2-year Postdoc in the MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory working with Professors Dava Newman and Jeffrey Hoffman, and is currently the Project Manager for Research and Development at Space Florida.