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Angel Abbud-Madrid, Ph.D.
Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid is the Director of the Center for Space Resources (CSR), a Research Partnership Center based at the Colorado School of Mines, where he is also an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Abbud-Madrid earned a B.S.E. degree in 1983 in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), in Monterrey, México. He received a M.S.E. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1990 and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996. Dr. Abbud-Madrid has more than 20 years of experience in space related projects, including conducting experiments on a variety of NASA’s low-gravity facilities, such as drop towers, parabolic-flight aircraft, and orbiting spacecraft. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, he was a co-investigator in a study on the combustion of metals for rocket propulsion and for planetary resource utilization. He participated as member of the science operations ground team of the Structure of Flame Balls at Low Lewis-number (SOFBALL) combustion experiment flown on the STS-83 and STS-94 Space Shuttle missions in 1997. He was the Lead Scientist and Project Manager of the Water Mist Fire Suppression project (Mist) that flew on the STS-107 mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003. In 2004, he received the NASA Astronauts’ Personal Achievement Award given by NASA’s astronaut corps for outstanding contributions to the success of human space flight missions and in December 2004 he received the NASA Group Achievement Award.
Besides overseeing all research and technology development activity at CSR, where he leads a multidisciplinary program focused on the human and robotic exploration of space and the utilization of its resources, he is also the Principal Investigator of the “Fine Water Mist Portable Fire Extinguisher for Spacecraft” project funded by NASA and conducted in collaboration with ADA Technologies to develop a water-mist/nitrogen handheld extinguisher for spacecraft fire suppression applications. He has authored or co-authored over 80 refereed papers and conference proceedings and is a member of the Combustion Institute and senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), as well as Vice President of The Space Resources Roundtable, Chair of the Education and Outreach Subcommittee of the AIAA Space Resources Technical Committee, and member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Network. Dr. Abbud-Madrid also holds a private pilot license for single-engine-land airplanes.