NAME: David A. Wolf (M.D.) NASA Astronaut
PERSONAL DATA: Born August 23, 1956, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Single. He enjoys sport aerobatic flying, scuba diving, handball, running,
and water skiing. His parents, Dr. and Mrs. Harry Wolf, reside in Indianapolis.
EDUCATION: Graduated from North Central High School, Indianapolis,
Indiana, in 1974; received a bachelor of science degree in electrical
engineering from Purdue University in 1978, and a doctorate of medicine
from Indiana University in 1982. He completed his medical internship
(1983) at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, and USAF flight
surgeon primary training at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers; the Aerospace Medical Association; the Experimental Aircraft
Association; the International Aerobatic Club; and the Air National
SPECIAL HONORS: Recipient of the NASA Exceptional Engineering
Achievement Medal (1990); NASA Inventor of the Year, 1992. Dr. Wolf
graduated "with distinction" from the honors curriculum in electrical
engineering at Purdue University and received an Academic Achievement
Award upon graduation from medical school. He received the Carl R. Ruddell
scholarship award for research in medical ultrasonic signal and image
processing. He is a member of Eta Kappa Knu and Phi Eta Sigma honorary
societies. Dr. Wolf has received 11 U.S. Patents and over 20 Space Act
Awards for 3-dimensional tissue engineering technologies earning the
Texas State Bar Patent of the Year in 1994. He has published over 40
EXPERIENCE: As a research scientist at the Indianapolis Center
for Advanced Research from 1980 to 1983, he developed digital signal
and image processing techniques utilizing matched filter detection of
high time-bandwidth product transmissions producing "state of the art"
high resolution medical ultrasonic images to the 100 micron level. He
also developed new doppler demodulation techniques extending the range
velocity product limitation of conventional pulsed doppler systems.
He is a USAF senior flight surgeon in the Air National Guard (1982
to present) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National
Inventors Hall of Fame. He has logged over 2000 hours of flight time
including air combat training as a weapons systems officer (F4 Phantom
jet), T-38 Talon, and competition aerobatics (PITTS Special and Christen
NASA EXPERIENCE: : In 1983, Dr. Wolf joined the Medical Sciences
Division, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. He was responsible for
development of the American Flight Echocardiograph for investigating
cardiovascular physiology in microgravity. Upon completion he was assigned
as chief engineer for design of the Space Station medical facility.
In 1986 he was assigned to direct development of the Space Bioreactor
and associated tissue engineering and cancer research applications utilizing
controlled gravitational conditions. This resulted in the state of the
art NASA rotating tissue culture systems. He has particular expertise
in the design of real time computer process control systems, communications,
bioprocessing, physiology, fluid dynamics, and aerospace medicine.
Dr. Wolf is an active public speaker. Selected as a NASA astronaut
in January 1990, Dr. Wolf became qualified for space flight in July
1991. His technical assignments have included Orbiter vehicle processing
and test at Kennedy Space Center (1991-1992) and spacecraft communications
(CAPCOM) (1994-1995). He is qualified for Extravehicular Activity (Spacewalk),
Remote Manipulator System (Robot Arm), and Rendezvous.
He was CAPCOM for the first and third Shuttle-Mir rendezvous. He trained
at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, in preparation
for a long-duration stay aboard Mir. Dr. Wolf has logged 142 days in
space including a 4 hour EVA in a Russian Orlan spacesuit. He was a
mission specialist on STS-58, and served as Board Engineer 2 for 119
days aboard the Russian Space Station Mir. He is currently assigned
to the EVA Development Group focusing on assembly techniques for the
International Space Station.
STS-58 Columbia (10/16/93-11/1/93) was a 14-day dedicated Spacelab
life sciences research mission. During this record length Shuttle mission
the crew conducted neurovestibular, cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary,
metabolic, and musculoskeletal research utilizing microgravity to reveal
fundamental physiology normally masked by Earth gravity. Mission duration
was 336 hours, 13 minutes, 01 seconds.
On September 25, 1997, Dr. Wolf launched aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis
as part of the STS-86 crew. Following docking, September 28, 1997 marked
the official start of his 119 days aboard Mir. He returned with the
crew of STS-89 aboard Shuttle Endeavour on January 31, 1998. Mission
duration was 128 days.