Madhu Thangavelu, MSc
is space projects director of the Cal-Earth Institute and a fellow at
NASA’s Institute of Advanced Concepts. He is an advisory board member of
the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a focus on
the design of complex space projects, including space stations and
exploratory missions. He also teaches at the University of Southern
Madhu’s educational background is in Architecture (Masters in Building Science, USC School of Architecture) and in Engineering (Bachelors in Science and Engineering, India). Versions of Madhu’s masters thesis (conceived during ISU ‘88 at MIT) entitled “MALEO: Modular Assembly in Low Earth Orbit. An Alternate Strategy for Lunar Base Establishment” were published in several journals worldwide.
He is a creative consultant to the aerospace industry in the newly evolving field of space architectures complex concept synthesis. His concepts have been reviewed and appreciated by NASA, the National Research Council, the National Space Council, and his work has been presented before the National Academy of Sciences.
Madhu is on the visiting faculty of the International Space University (ISU) and lectures to Space System Architecture students at ISU and at USC. He continues to present and publish original concepts in Space System Architectures and chairs related sessions at conferences. He is a coauthor of the book The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Colonization and is Vice Chairman for Education, Los Angeles Section of the American Institute Of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Listen to Madhu on the The Space Show hosted by Dr. David Livingston. Follow his Twitter feed.