Alexander van Dijk is technology analyst and part time business developer for the Flight Opportunities program, a program he joined in 2010. In the early days, he organized the program’s first parabolic flights from Ellington Field in Houston, TX and helped build the program’s portfolio of technologies to be flight tested. Nowadays, he tracks the flight outcomes and downstream infusion of 200+ technologies funded through the program and engages with new users who can benefit from suborbital flight testing for maturation of their technology. Alexander started at NASA in 2008 as part of the NASA Ames Office of the CIO where he contributed to new IT initiatives for the Agency.
Prior to coming to the U.S., he combined his interests in aerospace and contemporary art by pursuing a collaboration between these two communities. Following his thesis work at the European Space Agency’s research facility ESTEC in the Netherlands, he collaborated with two artists to create a commissioned artwork for ESA on Solar Science. He also brought together a team led by The Arts Catalyst of London to perform an ESA commissioned study on Cultural Utilization of the International Space Station. Besides his artistic endeavours, he worked as systems engineer at the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) and at Delta-Utec Space Research and Consultancy.
Alexander holds a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology and is an International Space University (ISU) alumn of the 2006 summer session.