John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

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Thesis Proposal Presentation by J. Jessup on February 25th

Space Studies master’s student, Joseph Jessup, will give his thesis proposal presentation as follows.  All Space Studies students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

When:  Wednesday, February 25th at 8:30 a.m.

Where:  Ryan Hall, Room 111

Title: Ceres – Hybrid Epidermal Enhancement (HEE) Planetary Environmental Suit Study

About the topic: The design philosophy behind the HEE space suit takes anthropomorphic and physiological adaptations into consideration, and uses commercially available proven bio-medical technologies that have improved or saved the lives of millions. The HEE is designed to address key areas where conventional gas pressure suits fall short, and where MCP suits at this point are functionally lacking and impractical. Flexibility, low mass, simplified PLSS of the suit will be discussed, as well as 2 constructed helmet variations, integrated liquid cooling and hard torso prototype which will be presented.

About the presenter: Joseph grew up in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East attending international schools. He gained a passion for all things space after watching science fiction films “Silent Running” and 2001: A Space Odyssey” as a child.   He worked as Aircraft Technician in New Mexico, specializing in major structural rebuild, and composite experimental aircraft, including aircraft owned by Bobby Unser Jr., built 2 composite Volkswagon powered experimental aircraft in the 1990’s, and flew ultralights as a hobby.  In the 2000’s Joseph worked  in the Former Soviet Union in the IT industry as a hardware/software design project manager, and then started a computer firm in Belarus. He returned to work Stateside in 2007 in the petroleum field as an IT hardware/software technician and EPA certified fuel and hazardous materials technician.  In 2009 he started his own business designing and building conceptual spacecraft miniatures for museums, private collectors and film. In 2011, Joseph returned to finish degrees at University of North Dakota,  studying in the fields of paleo-anthropology,  planetary geology, space science courses, and bio-psychology. Hobbies include astro-photography, robotics, and hominid forensic cranial and facial reproduction. Currently , Joseph is working as a science teacher at Lake Havasu City High School while finishing his Master’s Degree.