Prof. Jean-Jacques Favier
Research Program Director
CNES Chair - Physical Sciences and Human Performances in Space
Engineering Degree, Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble
DEA Metallurgy and Physics, University of Grenoble
PhD Engineering and Metallurgy, Mining School of Paris
PhD Solid State Physics, University of Grenoble
CNES Astronaut, Payload Specialist on NASA shuttle missions (alternate on STS 65, prime on STS 78)
Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier has been Deputy Director for Space Technology and Deputy Director for Advanced Concepts and Strategy at CNES and Director of the Solidification
Laboratory at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
He lectured Crystal Growth, Metallurgy, Space Technology, Remote Sensing, Space Policy and Exploration, Microgravity and Human Space Flights in several French, European and American Universities.
Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier was selected as French Astronaut Candidate in 1985, and then selected again by NASA as Payload Specialist in 1992, firstly alternate on the STS 65/IML2 shuttle mission. During the flight he was Crew Interface Coordinator at Control Center. He then flew on STS78/LMS Columbia mission in June/July 1996, logging 17 days in orbit.
Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier is an engineer from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, earned a PhD in Metallurgy from the Ecole des Mines de Paris and a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Grenoble.
As a scientist with the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (French Atomic Energy Commission) from 1976 to 1999, he published more than 130 publications and earned several scientific awards including two Prizes of the French Academy of Sciences (Grand Prix Marcel Dassault and Prix E. Brun).
Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier is involved with ISU since the very beginning. He taught in the Master Program, several SSPs, Executive Space Course and SHSSP. He was a Member of the Board of Advisors.
He is now the Chair of the Research Steering Committee.
He is a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics; He has been Chairman or Member of several French and International Scientific Associations. (French and International Crystal Growth Associations, French Metallurgy Society, the Chairman of different Panels and Working Groups of Space Agencies such as ESA, NASA and CNES (SSUP, MSWG, ISECG), a member of International Committees and Monitoring Boards (OECD, IAC, EC Framework Programs) and a participant in the workshop on “Humanity and Space the Next Thousand Years” hosted by the Foundation for the Future.
Dr. Favier is co-founder of Blue Planet, an innovative company aiming at developing and exploiting a new concept of microsats constellation covering 1 Earth, with 1 Meter resolution every Week.
Dr. Favier is the recipient of several decorations: He received the French Legion d’Honneur, the NASA Flight Medal, the Gold Medal of the City of Grenoble.