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Matt Harasymczuk

CEO, Director of Human Spaceflight Training

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Director of Human Spaceflight Training at the Analog Astronaut Training Center. Director of the project OTTER (Orbital Technologies and Tools for Extravehicular Research) for the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences. Lead instructor for "Fundamentals of Underwater Analog EVA", "Engineering for Underwater Environments" and "Scientific Diving" at IIAS. A former engineer at the European Space Agency, Project Manager with the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, and Process Architecture Main Specialist at the Center for Information Technology with the Polish Ministry of Interior. Additionally, a former Software Engineer at Allegro. Holds an M.Sc. in Aerospace and Astronautics from the Polish Air Force Academy and a B.Sc. in Software Engineering. Received the Copernicus Medal for creating foundations for a human spaceflight in Poland and won the first prize for Best Educational Initiative in the Global Space Balloon Challenge 2019.

Certifications include hypoxic trimix instructor, technical diving instructor, Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR) diver, PADI IDC Staff Instructor, NAUI Instructor, and Scientific Diver in accordance with the standards of Florida International University and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Awarded the PADI Certificate of Excellence, and the PADI Elite Instructor Award. Additionally, a glider pilot, trained in combat medicine (TCCC, ACLS), and SERE levels A and B. An investor and co-founder of the AATC habitat and Analog Astronaut Training Center.

Involved in developing HabitatOS, a proof of concept operating system for Moon and Mars habitats. Three times an analog astronaut in roles such as Crew Medical Officer, ECLSS Engineer, and Executive Officer. Supported 71 analog missions as MCC, Principal Investigator, and Capcom. PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut with advanced courses in 'Spaceflight Physiology,' 'Spacecraft Egress, Sea Survival, and Rescue Operations,' 'Advanced Egress and Post-Landing Space Suit Evaluation,' and 'Lunar and Martian Atmospheric and Geological Science and EVA Tools Development.' Flown parabolic flights at ESA/Novespace. Collaborated with the European Space Agency on a Subjective Time Perception experiment for analog astronauts and participated in Moon Village concept workshops. Co-designed two pressurized training surface exploration spacesuits (LEM), two underwater training suits, and a pressurized visor-down underwater suit. Consulted over 100 organizations in project management and software engineering. Trained over 28.8k people in software engineering during more than 8.5k hours of workshops and public events.

Led the project management transformation for the Center of Information Technology at the Polish Ministry of Interior. Holds postgraduate diplomas in Extreme Medicine, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Geophysics, Air Traffic Control, and a European Master in Radiation Biology from SCK CEN in Belgium. An author of several books, including 'Python 3: From None to AI,' 'Software Engineering: DevOps, CI/CD, Software Quality Assurance, and Systems Architecture,' 'Astronaut Selection and Training for Long Duration Spaceflight and Extravehicular Activity,' and 'Geophysics Experiments from Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package.'

Designed and flight-tested a human centrifuge Soyuz MS acceleration profiles for launch, ascent, reentry, descent, landing and contingencies like abort launch and ballistic reentry. First to flight test LEM suits in the human centrifuge and in high-altitude chamber (up to 10k meters). Currently involved in the development of neutral buoyancy and parabolic flight tests of the Advanced Crew Medical Restraint System for commercial astronaut ACLS and CPR procedures. An instructor of Emergency First Response for both primary and secondary child/adult care with AED.

Education

  • 2021 - 2021, Postgraduate studies, ESA Space Radiation Summer School, European Space Agency
  • 2019 - 2020, Postgraduate studies, Analytical Chemistry, AGH University of Science and Technology
  • 2019 - 2019, Postgraduate studies, European Master in Radiation Biology at SCK CEN, Belgium
  • 2018 - 2019, Postgraduate studies, Extreme Medicine and Travel Medicine, Jagiellonian University
  • 2018 - 2019, Postgraduate studies, Applied Geophysics, AGH University of Science and Technology
  • 2014 - 2015, Postgraduate studies, Air Traffic Management, Polish Air Force Academy
  • 2014 - 2019, Master of Science, Aerospace and Astronautics, major in Aircraft Systems Engineering, Polish Air Force Academy
  • 2007 - 2011, Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Science, major in Security of IT Systems, Poznan University of Technology

Postgraduate studies - one year long university course at Masters level (equivalent to graduate certificate in the USA)

  • M.Sc. thesis: HabitatOS: an operating system prototype for Moon and Mars habitats
  • B.Sc. thesis: Botnet analysis and protection methods

Education Analytical Chemistry Education Applied Geophysics Education SCK-CEN Certificate of Attendance Education ESA Summer School

Current Work Experience

Director of Human Spaceflight Training

Since Jun 2020, Analog Astronaut Training Center (https://www.astronaut.center)

  • Supervising organization of 62 analog missions with multidisciplinary science and international collaboration
  • Design and implementation of training programs in spacecraft simulation, mission operations, water egress and sea survival
  • Design and implementation of military grade trainings: human centrifuge, hyperbaric chamber, aerospace robotics
  • Design and implementation of operations training: scuba diving (rec, technical, trimix), flight operations
  • Support of 4 PhD, 9 MS and many BS researches at Analog Astronaut Training Center

CEO, Director of Aerospace Systems Engineering

Since Jul 2014, Astro Tech and Bioastronautics

  • Building Moon/Mars habitat for analog simulations (Analog Astronaut Training Center)
  • Developing HabitatOS an open source operating system for extraterrestrial habitats on Moon and Mars
  • Development of IoT sensor networks, data analysis, creating machine learning prediction models
  • Developing Advanced Crew Medical Restraint System for BLS/ACLS in microgravity (CPR, intubation, IV/IO access, AED, Monitor)
  • Supervising development of Random Positioning Machine for microgravity research
  • Supervising development of two types of pressurized suits for surface EVA operations and high altitude (stratospheric) flights
  • Supervising development of two types of pressurized suits for underwater (neutral-buoyancy) EVA operations

Trainer and Consultant in Software Engineering and Project Management

Since Dec 2015, Sages (https://www.sages.pl)

  • Trainer and consultant in machine learning, data science and Python programming, project management, CI/CD
  • Python: Foundations, Intermediate, Advanced, Networking, Numerical Analysis, Data Science, Machine Learning, Django
  • DevOps and Continuous Integration / Delivery (CI/CD)
  • Agile Software Engineering / XP, Scrum, Kanban, Lean Startup, Project management, change management, incident management
  • Atlassian tools (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo): User + System Administration + Server Administration
  • Software Architecture and Cloud Systems Architecture
  • Project management, program management, portfolio management
  • Processes: change management, incident management, problem management

Director of Project OTTER - Orbital Technologies and Tools for Extravehicular Research

Since Jul 2020, International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (https://astronauticsinstitute.org/)

  • Lead instructor for Fundamentals of Underwater EVA Operations (course EVA 105)
  • Lead instructor for Underwater Engineering and Space Suit Evaluation (course EVA 106)
  • Lead instructor for Scientific Diving (course EVA 107)
  • Staff instructor and safety diver
  • Leading evaluation space suit in underwater neutral buoyancy environment at Survival Systems, Groton USA
  • Leading day and night EVA trainings

Past Work Experience

  • 2017-2017 - YGT Engineer at European Space Agency
  • 2016-2017 - ESA Bioastronautics Research Collaborator for Moon Village Concept
  • 2014-2016 - Process Architecture Main Specialist at Center for Information Technology, Polish Ministry of Interior
  • 2011-2013 - Developer Tools Specialist at Allegro Group
  • 2006-2009 - Network Administrator at Consdata sp. z o.o.
  • 2006-2011 - Software Engineer at MBP sp. z o.o.

Book Author

Scuba Diving

  • 2023 Nov, IANTD Instructor
  • 2023 Oct, PADI Tec Rec Trimix Diver Instructor /hypoxic trimix/ (446562)
  • 2023 Jul, NAUI Instructor (64419)
  • 2023 Jun, Scientific Diver in accordance with the standards of Florida International University and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences
  • 2023 Jun, PADI Tec Rec Deep Instructor (446562)
  • 2023 Jun, TDI Advanced Trimix Diver (1405385)
  • 2023 May, PADI Trimix Diver /hypoxic/ (2305UN8545)
  • 2022 Aug, PADI IDC Staff Instructor (446562)
  • 2022 Feb, PADI Ice Diver Instructor (446562)
  • 2022 Jan, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (446562)
  • 2021 Nov, PADI Self-Reliant Diver Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Nov, PADI Search and Recovery Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Oct, PADI Full Face Mask instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Oct, PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Oct, PADI Underwater Photography Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Sep, PADI TEC 50 (2109UL2898)
  • 2021 Sep, PADI TEC 45 (2109UL2897)
  • 2021 Aug, PADI TEC 40 (2108UF0078)
  • 2021 Jul, PADI Wreck Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Jul, PADI Deep Diver Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Jul, PADI Enriched Air Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Jul, PADI Dry Suit Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Jul, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Jul, PADI Emergency First Responder Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Jul, PADI Care for Children w/AED Instructor (446562)
  • 2021 Feb, PADI Ice Diver (2103UG7843)
  • 2020 Oct, PADI Assistant Instructor (446562)
  • 2020 Oct, PADI Full Face Mask Diver (2103UK3935)
  • 2020 Oct, PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor (446562)
  • 2020 Oct, PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider (2010UI8676)
  • 2020 Oct, PADI Emergency First Responder (446562)
  • 2020 Sep, PADI Enriched Air Diver (2010UI8675)
  • 2020 Aug, PADI Wreck Diver (2010UI8673)
  • 2020 Aug, PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (2010UI8674)
  • 2020 Jun, PADI Self-Reliant Diver (2010UI8671)
  • 2019 Sep, PADI Divemaster (446562)
  • 2018 Sep, PADI Rescue Diver (1811US8489)
  • 2017 May, PADI Dry Suit Diver (1705UJ1398)
  • 2017 May, PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (1705UA3273)
  • 2017 May, PADI Night Diver (1705UA3271)
  • 2017 May, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (1705UA3267)
  • 2017 May, PADI Deep Diver (1705UA3264)
  • 2016 Jun, PADI Open Water Diver (1607UK5070)

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Awards

  • 2023 Apr, PADI 2022 Elite Instructor Award
  • 2022 Sep, PADI certificate of excellence for outstanding customer service and professionalism
  • 2019 Feb, First prize for Best Educational Initiative in Global Space Balloon Challenge
  • 2018 Jan, Copernicus Medal for creating foundations for human spaceflight in Poland.

PADI Elite Instructor Award 2022 PADI Certificate of Excellence Global Space Balloon Challenge 1st Prize Copernicus Medal for creating foundations for human spaceflight in Poland Copernicus Medal for creating foundations for human spaceflight in Poland India Modern School Distinguished 2018

Training Courses and Certifications

  • 2023 Oct, Advanced Egress and Post-Landing Space Suit Evaluation
  • 2019 Aug, The Aeromedical Training in High "G" Environment up to +5Gz (Human Centrifuge Training)
  • 2019 Aug, The Aeromedical Training in a Hypobaric Chamber up to 35 000 feet /10.000m/
  • 2019 Apr, Space Flight Physiology
  • 2017 May, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) level A and B
  • 2017 Apr, Advanced Chamber Program Scenario Based Psychological Training Program (FAA FITS Accepted)
  • 2017 Apr, Project PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program (Spacesuit, Hypoxia, Micro-G, High-G, Suborbital Flights)
  • 2017 Apr, Sea Survival Course
  • 2017 Apr, Spacecraft Egress, Sea Survival, and Rescue Operations Course
  • 2017 Apr, Aviation Survival and Egress Training EBD (ASET2)
  • 2017 Feb, Winter Survival and Arctic Shooting course
  • 2017 Jan, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training course
  • 2016 Sep, ECSS Training Course (conducted by Experts of the European Space Agency)
  • 2016 Aug, SOF Combat Medic PJ Medevac Team - Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) level III
  • 2016 Apr, SOF Combat Medic Black Tactics - Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) level II
  • 2016 Mar, SOF Combat Medic Care Under Fire - Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) level I
  • 2016 Jul, Basic Life Support for an Adult (European Resuscitation Council 2015 guidelines)
  • 2015 Jul, Glider pilot course
  • 2015 Jun, Agile Project Management (APM) level Foundations and Practitioner

Aerospace PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Aerospace Centrifuge Certification +7.5G Aerospace Space Flight Physiology Aerospace Spacecraft Egress and Rescue Operations Aerospace Aviation Survival and Egress Training Aerospace Sea Survival Course Aerospace Advanced Chamber Program Engineering PCB Awareness Engineering Lead Awareness Engineering ESA Citizen Debate Engineering PARP ECSS Training Medical ACLS Medical TCCC level 2 - Black Tactics

Online Courses

  • 2019 Dec, Engineering the Space Shuttle (MITx - 16.885x)
  • 2019 Nov, Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and their Real-World Application
  • 2019 Mar, Space Mission Design and Operations (EPFLx - EE585x)
  • 2017 May, Biology: The Science of Life
  • 2017 Mar, Emory School of Medicine: Emergency Medicine
  • 2017 Mar, Human Spaceflight - An introduction (KTHx: SD2905.1x)
  • 2017 Feb, Molecular Biology: RNA Processing and Translation (MITx: 7.28.3x)
  • 2017 Jan, The Extremes of Life: Microbes and Their Diversity (KyotoUx: 003x)
  • 2016 Dec, Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: Astronautics and Human Spaceflight (MITx: 16.00x)

Conferences and Workshops

  • 2018 Oct, International Astronautical Congress 2018 (speaker)
  • 2018 Apr, Electronics Show 2018 - International Trade Fair of Consumer Electronics, (technical director of space section)
  • 2017 Dec, ESA ESLAB "Extreme Habitable Worlds" (attendee)
  • 2017 Nov, ESA Human Dependability Workshop (attendee)
  • 2016 Nov, ESA Innovation Exchange: When Space Meets Health, with brainstorming session on radiation protection (attendee)
  • 2016 Nov, Moon Village workshop on Architecture aspects (organizer, attendee)
  • 2016 Oct, Moon Village workshop on Geology aspects (organizer, attendee)
  • 2016 Sep, ESA ECSS - European Cooperation for Space Standardization - training course (attendee)
  • 2016 Sep, Symposium "Astronaut Preparation for Long Duration Spaceflight" (speaker)
  • 2016 Sep, European Rover Challenge (attendee)
  • 2016 Mar, Poland in Space Symposium (attendee)
  • 2015 Sep, European Rover Challenge (attendee)
  • 2015 Sep, ESA ESMATS 2015 - European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium (attendee)
  • Additionally attendee and speaker at 100+ conferences on Software Engineering

Analog Astronautics Experience

  • MCC, Capcom and Primary Investigator during more than 71 analog missions
  • 2017 Dec, Zero-G Flight campaign with VESTAND research experiment (Vestibular system stimulation in micro-g and hyper-g env.)
  • 2017 Oct, ICAres - Astronaut: Executive Officer / Biosystems Engineer, mission with visual and motion impaired crew member
  • 2017 Jun, LunEx - Astronaut: Crew Medical Officer
  • 2016 Dec, ILEWG geo-biological campaign in volcanic region in Mandig, Germany and European Astronaut Centre in Cologne
  • 2016 Aug, M.A.R.S. Astronaut: Crew Medical Officer

Stratospheric Missions

  • More than 20 stratospheric missions
  • 2020 Jul - Stratos 1 - Max Altitude 31 012 m; start: Rzepiennik Biskupi, PL; landing: 50°7.8510'N 20°5.3772'E
  • 2019 Jul - Stratos 0 - Max Altitude 29 236 m; start: Rzepiennik Biskupi, PL; landing: 49°55'10.8"N 21°43'12.9"E
  • 2019 May - Pamela - Max Altitude 24 133 m; start: Gliwice, PL; landing: 50°37'17.9"N 17°54'09.6"E
  • 2016 Nov - ELF - Max Altitude 30 258 m; start: Gliwice, PL; landing: 50°05'51.4"N 20°32'25.7"E

Sport activities

  • Aerodynamic tunnel
  • Skydiving
  • Glider pilot
  • PPL(A)
  • PADI Recreational, Technical and Trimix Instructor (446562)
  • Aerobatic introduction at Embry Riddle, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Sport sailing (multiple starts in Polish championship at age 11-15)

Memberships

Current:

  • since 2018, Honorary member of Astronautical Student Association at Polish Air Force Academy
  • since 2016, PADI Diver Network (Diver Number: 1811US8489)
  • since 2014, Polish Parachuting Association

Past:

  • 2020 - 2023, IIAS Space Medicine Group
  • 2017 - 2018, ESA Flight Club
  • 2016 - 2023, Polish Rocket Society
  • 2016 - 2023, Space Generation Advisory Council (Member 11551)
  • 2013 - 2014, Project Management Institute Poland Chapter (PMI), Interim CIO
  • 2005 - 2010 - IEA Actus, President of the Organization

Publications

Full list of publications here

In Press and Media

Focus September 2018 Twoje Miasto May 2018

Photos

Laboratory

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Medical

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Aerospace and Bioastronautics

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Spacesuit Engineering

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Scuba Diving

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Aviation

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TCCC

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Museum

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