Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering, and Ambassador, Mission: AstroAccess
Eric Shear is a graduate student at University of Florida, where he is studying applications of chemical engineering to space life support. He previously earned degrees in physics and planetary science at York University in Toronto, where he authored two peer-reviewed papers on how small spacecraft can achieve science objectives at Mars and Saturn.
He is a native of Washington State. In community college, he led a student experiment on the G-Force One parabolic aircraft as part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. At an internship at Tethers Unlimited, he contributed to what would become the HYDROS water electrolysis rocket thruster, which was tested in orbit in 2020. In 2018, he served as the Crew Astronomer on a tour of Mars Desert Research Station.
He is one of the Deaf Ambassadors at Mission: AstroAccess, who took part in a parabolic flight to study accommodation solutions for disabled people in spaceflight. To date, he has flown twice in weightlessness and plans to take this experience to new levels.