Sergei Krikalev, a cosmonaut who holds the world record for the most time spent in space, recently began a professorship at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech).
Krikalev’s stellar resume includes time on the Mir space station, participation in the first US-Russian space shuttle mission in 1994, and support of other joint missions. He also was part of Expedition 1, the first long-duration space mission that traveled to the International Space Station. Overall, he has spent 803 days in space including 41 hours in spacewalks.
Krikalev was also aboard the Mir space station when the Soviet Union fell in 1991.
In September, Krikalev came to Skoltech as a guest speaker discussing the space exploration and research industries. He drew upon his experience in space and his tenure as the vice president of RKK Energia, the leading spacecraft manufacturer in Russia.
Krikalev’s new role includes promoting the creation of research programs and educational courses for research staff and students. He plans to emphasize teaching students directly from his hands-on experience and hopes to improve interaction between professors and students.
“This is something we cherish and focus on here at Skoltech,” Krikalev said. “It is no secret that many of the interesting ideas in this industry are developed by young researchers. This is why I think the interaction with Skoltech is particularly important.”
Krikalev seeks to apply theoretical ideas concerning the interactions between humans and complex engineering systems, the manipulation of spacecraft, and the development of man-machine interfaces.
“He [Krikalev] is one of the most experienced engineers, educators and planners in the field,” Skoltech President Ed Crawley said. “We are excited that Sergei takes up the position of professor of the practice of human spaceflight at Skoltech. Now a distinguished practitioner can work closely with our scientists, students and innovators.”