Perrin was born 6 January 1963, in Meknes, Morocco, but considers Avignon, Provence, to be his hometown. He entered the École polytechnique in 1982 and graduated in 1985. Perrin then received his Test Pilot Licence in 1993 from the École du personnel navigant d'essais et de réception (EPNER), the French Test Pilot School at Istres Air Force Base and received his Air Line Pilot Certificate in 1995.
In July 1996, CNES announced his selection as an astronaut candidate and assigned him to attend NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Training in Houston, Texas.
He served as a mission specialist on the STS-111 mission in 2002 and logged over 332 hours in space, including 19 hours and 31 minutes in three spacewalks, performed with Franklin Chang-Diaz.After his flight, Perrin returned to France to work as support astronaut on the Automated Transfer Vehicle program. December 2002 he was transferred from CNES to the European Space Agency's astronaut corps.He did not fly in space with ESA and left the European Astronaut Corps in 2004. He is currently working as a test pilot for Airbus.
STS-111 Endeavour (5–19 June 2002). The STS-111 mission delivered a new ISS resident crew and a Canadian-built mobile base for the orbiting outpost’s robotic arm. The crew also performed late-notice repair of the station’s robot arm by replacing one of the arm’s joints. It was the second Space Shuttle mission dedicated to delivering research equipment to the space platform. Perrin performed three EVAs (spacewalks) with Franklin Chang-Diaz. STS-111 also brought home the Expedition 4 crew from their 6-1/2 month stay aboard the station. Mission duration was 13 days, 20 hours and 35 minutes. Unacceptable weather conditions in Florida necessitated a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Philippe Perrin (Colonel, French Air Force), French test pilot and European Space Agency astronaut.
Prof. Dr. Kristina Shea, Dept. of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich
Kristina Shea is Professor for Engineering Design and Computing at ETH Zürich. Her research focuses on developing cutting-edge computational models, methods and tools that enable the design of more innovative and complex engineered systems and products. A secondary aim of the research is to automate design and fabrication processes. Her research is interdisciplinary combining engineering, design and computing and considers early conceptual design phases through to the fabrication of novel solutions. Current research topics include computational design synthesis and optimization, model-based systems engineering and design-to-fabrication. A variety of engineering areas are investigated including structures, MEMS, mechatronics, robotics and fabrication processes. These areas are then applied in a wide range of industries including automotive, aerospace, consumer products and buildings.
Professor Shea is active in the research community where she serves as an Associate Editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Mechanical Design and the Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM) journal, is an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Engineering Informatics and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Engineering Design. She was elected to the Board of Management of the Design Society in 2011. She won best paper awards for the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering in 2003 and the First International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition in 2004. While in the UK, she won the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in Engineering in 2001. She is a member of the Design Society and a Fellow of the ASME (2014).
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