Robb Kulin

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Robb Michael Kulin
Robb Kulin portrait.jpg
Official NASA portrait, with NASA T-38 aircraft in background
NASA Astronaut Candidate
Nationality American
Status Resigned
Born Robb Michael Kulin
(1983-12-07) December 7, 1983 (age 34)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Current occupation
University of Denver (B.S.)
University of California, San Diego (Ph.D.)
Selection NASA Group 22

Robb Michael Kulin is a former NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2017. He resigned from NASA, effective August 31, 2018, before completing astronaut training.[1][2][3]

Personal, education, and career[edit]

Robb Kulin was born and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.[4]

He studied engineering as an undergraduate at the University of Denver, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a master’s degree in Materials Science, and a doctorate in Engineering, both from the University of California, San Diego. His doctorate studies focused on dynamic bone fracture.[4]

He worked as a commercial fisherman in Chignik, Alaska, and was previously an ice driller in Antarctica on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and Taylor Glacier.[5]

At the time of his selection as astronaut candidate in June 2017, Kulin was senior manager for flight reliability at SpaceX, leading the Launch Chief Engineering group in Hawthorne, California, where he had worked since 2011.[1][4][5]