Dr. Cem Asma studied Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering at Middle
East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), where he got his BSc. and
MSc. degrees. After working for a defense industry company as an R&D
engineer, he moved to Belgium for higher education. He got his second
Masters degree (Research Master in Aerospace) at von Karman Institute
and he started working there as a researcher. He worked at von Karman
Institute as a senior researcher and project manager for various
aerospace projects that are supported by European Space Agency and
European Commission, among others. In the meantime, he got his PhD
degree from the University of Ghent in Belgium, performing an
experimental research on hypersonic flows. Dr. Asma has also
volunteered as the project coordinator for Space Generation Advisory
Council, a non-profit NGO which aims to represent students and young
space professionals to the United Nations, States, and space agencies.
Currently he is the Head of Academic Projects at Swiss Space Systems
with the main focus on the development of nano-satellites.
Dr. Asma's research activities focus on high-speed aerothermodynamics,
measurement techniques and wind tunnel testing, plasma physics and
re-entry flows, sensors and payloads on board of satellites and
experimental spacecraft. Dr. Asma has been a key person in the
initiation and management of the QB50 Project, where 50 CubeSats from
universities all over the world form a network to perform scientific
research in the lower thermosphere.