Robert L. Behnken Resume

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Robert L. Behnken

Nationality: American
Date of birth: 1970-28-07
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Phone number: 555-555-5555
Rank: Colonel, USAF

Resume Summary

Experienced and results-oriented NASA Astronaut and the U.S. Air Force Colonel with over 700 hours in space and 1,500 flight hours. Holder of a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient who possesses exceptional decision-making skills and the crucial ability to function well both independently and in fast-paced team environments.


07/2000 - present, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States
  • Completed the astronaut candidate training.
  • Assigned to support key launch and landing operations at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Served as the Chief of the Space Station Operations Branch and NASA’s Chief Astronaut.
  • Responsible for flight assignments, mission planning, and on-orbit support of international space station teams as well as managing the astronaut office support for future launch vehicles.
  • Flew STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-130 in February 2010, logging more than 708 hours in space.
  • Currently practising for the Demo 2 flight of SpaceX’s CrewDragon spacecraft, the first crewed flight for that vehicle.
05/1991 - present, The United States Air Force, United States
  • Commissioned via the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) while studying at the Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Worked on the development and management of new weapon systems at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
  • Completed the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Basein California.
  • Assigned to the F-22 Combined Test Force (CTF), serving as the lead Flight Test Engineer for the 4th F-22.
  • Performed the flight test sortie planning, control room configuration development, and test conduct.


1993 - 1997, PhD, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States

Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering

Research: Control of rotating stall and surge in compressor systems. Research consisted of nonlinear analysis, real-time software development, and hardware construction.

1992 - 1993, Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States

Master's degree

1988 - 1992, Mechanical Engineering and Physics, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, United States

Bachelor's degree

1988, High School, Pattonville High School, Maryland Heights, MO, United States


Action oriented
Decision making


Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Senior/ Washington University (1992); Defense Meritorious Service and Defense Superior Service Medals / United States Air Force; NASA Space Flight Medal (2008, 2010); NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2011); Distinguished Alumni Award / Washington University (2013).


Time in Space: 29d 12h 17m

Flight Hours: 1,500 in more than 25 different types of aircraft

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