Warren Hoburg

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Warren Hoburg
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Warren Woodrow Hoburg

(1985-09-16) September 16, 1985 (age 37)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (BS)
University of California, Berkeley (MS, PhD)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Assistant professor
Time in space
Currently in space
SelectionNASA Group 22
MissionsSpaceX Crew-6 (Expedition 68/69)
Mission insignia
SpaceX Crew-6 logo.png ISS Expedition 68 Patch.svg ISS Expedition 69 Patch.png
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering, Computer science
ThesisAircraft Design Optimization as a Geometric Program (2013)

Warren Woodrow "Woody" Hoburg (born September 16, 1985) is an American engineer and NASA astronaut.

Early life and education[edit]

Warren Hoburg was born on September 16, 1985, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Jim and Peggy Hoburg. While attending North Allegheny High School he participated in the first-ever Team America Rocketry Challenge and competed in the national finals. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. He earned a Master of Science in 2011, followed by a Ph.D. in 2013, in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.[1][2][3]

Academic career[edit]

After completing his doctorate, Hoburg worked in product development at Boeing until 2014, when he became an assistant professor at MIT. He served as a sponsor for the capstone project Jungle Hawk Owl, which is a UAV sponsored by the US Air Force. He also manages the geometric programming Python package GPKit.[1][3][4]

NASA career[edit]

In 2017, Hoburg was selected as an astronaut candidate in NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began the two-year training in August.[1][5] In December 2020 he was announced as one of the eighteen NASA astronauts selected as part of the Artemis Program for a lunar mission in 2024.[6]

He was the pilot of SpaceX Crew-6 that launched on March 2, 2023.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hoburg is an avid rock climber, mountaineer, and pilot. He has previously worked with Yosemite Search & Rescue [1][8] and the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

Hoburg was a National Science Foundation research fellow from 2009 to 2013, and is a two-time recipient of the AIAA Aeronautics and Astronautics Teaching Award.[1]


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from NASA (January 2020). Warren Hoburg (PDF). National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved July 6, 2021. (Official NASA bio).

  1. ^ a b c d e Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Warren Hoburg". NASA. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Warren Woodrow "Woody" Hoburg". Biographies of U.S. Astronauts. Spacefacts. April 18, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Warren Hoburg". Faculty List. Massachusetts Institute of Technology AeroAstro. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Mervis, Jeffrey (August 15, 2017). "An MIT professor's bittersweet departure for astronaut training". Science. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "NASA: The Artemis Team". NASA. June 4, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  7. ^ Two Astronauts Receive Assignments for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 Mission
  8. ^ Laura Panjwani (December 19, 2017). "Engineer of Game-Changing Drone Warren "Woody" Hoburg Named 2017 Innovator of the Year".
  9. ^ Crowley, Magdalene L. (January 8, 2020). "Warren Hoburg graduates from NASA's Artemis astronaut training program". EECS at UC Berkeley. Retrieved December 11, 2020.