Ulrich Walter, German Science Astronaut, is a full professor for astronautics at the Technical University at Munich.
Ulrich Walter, born in 1954, is a full-time professor for astronautics at the Technical University at Munich, Germany. In 1987, he became what remains a dream for most people: an Astronaut. He took part in the D-2 mission (Second German Space Mission) from 26th April to 6th May, 1993, and orbited the Earth for ten days in the European space laboratory SPACELAB and with the space shuttle COLUMBIA. He writes the column "Wissen schafft was" for N24.
After his studies of physics at the University of Cologne, he spent one year at the US research laboratory Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago, then he went to the university of California, Berkeley, for a year as a postdoctoral student. In 1987, he was appointed to be a member of the German team of astronauts, and until the start of the Shuttle Mission STS-55 from April 26th till May 6th, 1993, he was trained at the German Aerospace Center DLR in Köln Porz, as well as at the NASA Space Center in Houston.
In 1994, he became project leader of the major project “German Satellite Data Archive” of the German Remote Data Sensing Center of the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich. In 1998, he went to the IBM Development Laboratory in Böblingen as a program manager in charge of development and consulting for IBM software products as project leader and lead consultant.
Since March 2003, Ulrich Walter is the chair for space technology at the Technical University of Munich and teaches and researches in the field of applied space technology and systems engineering. His focus is on real-time robotics in space and service robotics, especially robotics assistance for the elderly (geriatrionics). He researches and teaches systems engineering, the empirical science of developing and optimizing complex products and processes in companies. As a trained project manager, he advises companies worldwide, particularly in the area of quality and risk management.
Ulrich Walter is: Bearer of the Federal Republic of Germany's First Class Cross of Merit, bearer of the Golden Wernher von Braun Medal, bearer of the Bavarian Order of Merit, member of the Bavarian Ethics Council, president of the Hermann Oberth Museum in Feucht, member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsches Museum, mentor of the Ulrich Walter School in Stuttgart, honorary professor at the Dragomanov National Pedagogical University of Ukraine, Consultat Professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev, Russia. He was elected “German Professor of the year 2008” in the class engineering sciences and informatics.
Based on specific case studies from NASA, with his professional experience as project manager at IBM, and from the analysis of successful and failed business projects worldwide, Prof. U. Walter provides action guidelines on how to recognize risks in your company, how to evaluate and how to handle them. Prof. Wallter lectures project and risk management at the Technical University at Munich.
The project team is key to the success of a company’s project. How are people selected, how are they motivated to work for a corporate goal, and what are the risks of teamwork? This talk tells the lessons learned of how space projects handle these problems.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will change our world in the long term, and radically. But what exactly is AI about? What is the state of today’s AI and will it be equal to or even surpass human intelligence at some point? Prof. Walter conducts research in the field of space robotics and geriatronics, i.e. robotics assistance for a self-determined life in old age. As a member of the Bavarian Ethics Council, he advises the Bavarian state government on matters of AI.
What can we know about the future, in principle and according to science? Why has it always been misjudged, even by nobel laureates and futurologists? The talk analyzes, from illustrative examples, why we nearly always judge the future wrongly and shows the reasons for our fears of the future. It explores what we can learn from this and how we can thus better prepare ourselves for the future.
Based on his 2018 Spiegel bestseller book of the same name, astronaut Ulrich Walter takes the audience on a journey into space. Popular questions such as: “How is the experience at take-off?”, “How is it (eating, sleeping, toilet) on the space station?”, “Is it possible to travel to distant worlds?” or “Is it possible with light – or fly faster than light?”
System Engineering as the body of knowledge of Product Life Cycle Management. Principles of system engineering. Macro and micro processes in product system design. Requirements for engineering and the standard product development process. Product development models: From the US House of Quality to the European V-model.
Innovative developments have always been misjudged. Why? The talk presents illustrative examples to analyze the misconceptions which even experts are subject to. Based on NASA’s real space case studies, disruptive development in the space sector (New Space), analysis of worldwide successful and failed enterprise projects, and based on his work experience as a project manager at IBM, Prof. Walter provides experienced guides on how we can better prepare for disruptive innovation.