Dr. Michael Wiskerchen, Ph.D.,
Vice President, Spaceflight Operations
Over the past 40 years, Dr. Wiskerchen has had a diverse academic and research career in space-related science and engineering at the University of Arizona, NASA, Stanford University and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
He is an emeritus faculty member in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of California, San Diego and is also the emeritus Director of the California Space Grant Consortium (NASA sponsored K-12, undergraduate, and graduate educational program) and Executive Director of the non-profit Space Grant Education & Enterprise Institute.
Dr. Wiskerchen received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Denver.
While at NASA (1978-1984) as a member of the Space Physics Division, he served as Program Scientist for the Shuttle STS 9 Mission (Spacelab I). read more
At Stanford University (1984-1990), Dr. Wiskerchen served on the international Task Force for Scientific Uses of Space Station (TFSUSS) committee and chaired the Payload Operations team.
developed the â€œTelescienceâ€� operations concepts as part of the TFSUSS activities.
recent efforts at UCSD
have been focused on the development, application and operations of space related projects that involves an alliance between industry, university, and government partners.
These projects range from natural hazards and remote sensing using suborbital & orbital vehicles to shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS).
Since 2005 to the present, Dr. Wiskerchen
has devoted considerable effort in developing private/public partnerships involving both space-related research and commercial programs on the International Space Station.
From 2005 through 2009, he facilitated a series of workshops at NASA Ames Research Park that involved utilization of the ISS for research, commercial ventures, and education.
In 2008-2009, he facilitated the formation of the Biotechnology Space Research Alliance (BSRA), a private/public partnership, to stimulate participation in the International Space Station National Laboratory (ISSNL) to validate its capabilities as a unique and cost effective research environment for breakthrough biomedical and biotechnology discoveries.
He also served as a consultant to the ISSNL Education Concept Development Task Force that developed a strategy for using the ISS as an educational asset.