Mike Massimino, a former NASA astronaut and the first person to tweet from space, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University and the Senior Advisor for Space Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
After working as an engineer at IBM, NASA and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, along with academic appointments at both Rice University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Massimino was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1996. A veteran of two space flights, the fourth and fifth Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions in 2002 and 2009, Massimino has many accomplishments, including a team record for the number of hours spacewalking in a single space shuttle mission.
Massimino has made numerous television appearances, including hosting Science Channel’s “The Planets” and its special “The Great American Eclipse,” recurring six times as himself on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and being featured on National Geographic Television’s “One Strange Rock.” He has also appeared on top television news and talk show programs, including “TODAY,” Good Morning America,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and more.
Today, Massimino teaches and supports undergraduate engineering courses at his alma mater, Columbia University, which harness his years of academic and professional experience. His book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, is on The New York Times Best Seller list. He has also received several awards during his NASA career, is the holder of two patents and is author of many engineering research papers.
Massimino received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia University and Master of Science in both Mechanical Engineering and in Technology and Policy and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his free time, he enjoys baseball, traveling and riding his bicycle.