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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Garrett E. Reisman (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

Born February 10, 1968 in Morristown, New Jersey, but considers Parsippany, New Jersey, to be his hometown. Recreational interests include flying, skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and SCUBA diving. Dr. Reisman is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor. His parents, Robert and Sheila Reisman, currently reside in Palm Harbor, Florida. His sister, Lainie Reisman, is an economic development consultant and currently resides outside the United States.

Parsippany High School, Parsippany, New Jersey, 1986.
B.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1991.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, 1991.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1992.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1997.

From 1996 to 1998 Dr. Reisman was employed by TRW as a Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer in the Space and Technology Division, Redondo Beach, California. While at TRW, he designed the thruster-based attitude control system for the NASA EOS PM-1 Spacecraft.

Prior to his employment at TRW, Dr. Reisman was a Ph.D. Candidate at Caltech in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science in Pasadena, California. His multiphase fluid mechanics research provided the first experimental evidence of the presence of shock waves in unsteady cloud cavitation. For this discovery he was presented with the Bruce Chapman Award for excellence in hydrodynamics research at Caltech.

Selected by NASA in June 1998, Dr. Reisman reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, Dr. Reisman will receive technical assignments within the Astronaut Office before being assigned to a space flight.

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