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Faculty Profiles

Doule, Ondrej

Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering and Sciences

Dr. Doule is appointed assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Science at Florida Institute of Technology.

Personal Overview

Dr. Doule is the director and founder of the new Human Spaceflight Laboratory that is a home to FIT’s first spacesuit trainer and spaceship cockpit simulator. He is currently involved in normative human spaceflight research (space vessels system architecture definition), systems design, and operations simulations (spaceship cockpit simulator design and development, suborbital radiation detector and awareness system). He leads the design and development team of the Adaptive Spaceship Cockpit Simulator, and spacesuit operations at FIT. He is the chair of the AIAA Space Architecture Committee on Standards. 

Dr. Doule’s past education and research activities include several projects involving students, such as:

- (2017 – 2018; $160k) FAA COE CST Task 353: Co-investigator and FIT principal investigator on Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation FAA funded research project, with focus on Design and Operations Considerations for Human Space Flight Occupant Safety.

- (2014 – 2017; $120k) NASA IDEAS: Co-investigator and FIT’s principal investigator on the NASA funded project “Integrated Display and Environmental Awareness System” (IDEAS), led by NASA Kennedy Space Center. This interdisciplinary team project focused on the development of a wearable computer and Head Mounted Display (HMD) based on Commercial-Off-The-Shelf components, for the specific application and needs of NASA technicians, engineers and astronauts. The IDEAS project was awarded the 2017 National Innovation Technology Award.

- (2016) WHISPS: This student team project was a conceptual research and design study that applied cognitive and functional analysis processes to all functions relevant to a single person microgravity vessel. The team of four students developed digital and physical models, and performed fundamental physical ergonomic tests using FIT’s spacesuit components. The WHISPS project was awarded the Grand Prize by Genesis Engineering in 2016.

Dr. Doule previously conducted two missions at the Mars Desert Research Station, where as commander of Crew 135 (2014) and 154 (2015), he led teams of scientists and outreach specialists in successful missions. Prior to accepting his current position at Florida Tech, Dr. Doule chaired the Space and Society department at the International Space University (Strasbourg, France) where he led space architecture research, academic activities, and co-coordinated a number of international and interdisciplinary team projects. He is the founder of a European FP7 funded international research project called “Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments” (SHEE), for which he developed an architecture demonstrator for space and earth applications (2011-2016; $2mil.). During his doctoral research, he worked at the NASA Ames Research Center and focused on Martian Base architecture. His concept design of a suborbital spacecraft interior (Silverbird) was awarded an Arthur C. Clarke Foundation prize for its unique contribution to the safety of human spaceflight. Dr. Doule is also active in space architecture outreach. Several of his activities were coordinated through his virtual innovation studio and online design platform called Space Innovations (2010 - 2016). In the scope of his outreach activities, he also co-produced, and was a scientific advisor and actor in an experimental sci-fi movie called “Mars”.

His current research focuses on the application of human-system integration design theories and design methods, in space systems such as suborbital vehicle cabin, microgravity environment of orbital modules, lunar and Martian outposts. The main incentives for his research and outreach activities are innovative transfer, integration and application of new space and terrestrial design methods and technologies; as well as the integration of space, aerospace and terrestrial domain, to enable faster and more effective project development. He also applies his research knowledge on terrestrial civil engineering and architecture projects to enhance resiliency and sustainability of building systems.

Dr. Doule obtained his second Ph.D. in Human-Centered Design, with a focus on Adaptive Spaceship Cockpit Architecture. He obtained his first Ph.D. in Design Process Theory with a focus on Architecture in Extreme Environments from the Czech Technical University Faculty of Architecture.

Ph.D. Human-Centered Design – Florida Institute of Technology (2018)
Ph.D. Design Process Theory – Czech Technical University (2010)
M.Sc. Space Management – International Space University (2008)
M.Arch. Architecture and Urban Planning – Czech Technical University (2006)