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Astronaut David Wolf

Indiana native David Wolf- electrical engineer, medical doctor, and astronaut - joins the Link Observatory Space Science Institute staff as Chief Science Officer effective January 1, 2018.

"We are thrilled to have Indiana's own Astronaut Dr. David Wolf join our team," said Greg McCauley, Executive Director of Link Observatory Space Science Institute. "His experience, talent, knowledge, and guidance will help propel Link Observatory Space Science Institute and Indiana students to the forefront of STEM education in the country, and catapult us towards our goal of Indiana becoming the epicenter of the burgeoning space industry."

Dr. Wolf graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis and earned a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He later earned a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. At the same time, Dr. Wolf became a flight surgeon with the United States Air Force. He later investigated the physiological effects of microgravity while on staff at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

He has traveled to space four times, including three Space Shuttle missions and a mission aboard the Russian space station Mir. Dr. Wolf has logged more than 4,040 hours in space and has completed seven spacewalks in both Russian and American spacesuits. He helped draft and was also present at the signing of the Executive Order reestablishing the National Space Council this summer. This Council will bring both military and civilian government space programs closer together. Vice President Mike Pence is its chairperson and is the president's chief adviser on national space policy.

"David's awards and honors are almost too numerous to mention," said McCauley. "But to name a few, NASA awarded him the Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal in 1990 and Inventor of the Year in 1992. He has received 15 U.S. patents and over 20 Space Act Awards primarily for three-dimensional tissue engineering technologies. David has also published over 40 technical papers."

"I am thrilled to be joining Link Observatory Space Science Institute," said Dr. Wolf. "The core of 'Innovation' lies near a passion to see beyond 'The Box' and the 'Inspiration' to go further, discover, and prove we are truly without limits. Our view of the heavens reveals 'No Box' and the 'Return on Inspiration' is similarly limitless. Our 'Viewport to the Universe' will ignite the imaginations of our youth, unleashing the power of the heavens through their imaginations."

Dr. Wolf works with the Institute on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational programming, public engagement and fundraising. He will officially start in his position on January 1, 2018. For more information about Astronaut David Wolf, please visit
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