Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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Xi Chen

Xi Chen came to CLaSP from Peking University, where he earned a BS in Atmospheric Sciences. He says it was the University of Michigan’s “excellent reputation worldwide” that influenced his decision to come to Climate & Space for his PhD. Xi is currently an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University's program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL).

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CLaSP prof. Renno and students design space habitat concept for Mars

A space habitat design developed by Climate & Space professor Nilton Renno and his students was among the four university team finalists published by NASA earlier this summer. The teams were selected to participate in the space agency's annual eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge back in May, 2017. The U-M team, BLiSS (Bioastronautics and Life Support Systems) team, has spent the past year designing and building a mock-up of their design here in the Climate and Space Research Building. The team previously won a spot in the 2016 competition. Professor Renno, who is Principal Investigator for the X-Hab projects at the U-M, oversaw both projects.