Florida Institute of Technology


Dr. Ondrej DouleOndrej
Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Design and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Doule is appointed assistant professor in the School of Human Centered Design, Innovation and Arts at Florida Institute of Technology. He is co-investigator and FIT’s principal investigator on the NASA funded project Integrated DISPLAY and environmental awareness system led by NASA Kennedy Space Center. He is leading the design and development team for the Adaptive Spaceship Cockpit Simulator. He is also a founder, co-coordinator and designer of a FP7 funded international research project, a Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments architecture demonstrator for space and earth applications. Dr. Doule is chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Architecture Technical Committee.

Dr. Doule previously conducted two missions at the Mars Desert Research Station, where as commander of Crew 135 and 154 he led teams of scientists and outreach specialists in successful missions. Prior to accepting his current position at Florida Tech, Dr. Doule chaired the Space and Society department at the International Space University, Strasbourg, France where he led space architecture research, academic activities and co-coordinated a number of international and interdisciplinary team projects.

During his doctoral research, he performed his internship at NASA Ames Research Center focusing on Martian Base architecture. His concept design of a suborbital spacecraft interior Silverbird won an Arthur C. Clarke Foundation prize for a unique contribution to the safety of human spaceflight. Dr. Doule is also active in space architecture outreach. Several of his activities are coordinated through a virtual innovation studio and online design platform called Space Innovations. His research focuses on the theory of design, design methods, and architecture with particular focus on extreme environments. Main incentives for his research and outreach activities are innovative transfer, integration and application of new space and terrestrial design methods and technologies; and the integration of space, aerospace and terrestrial domain, to enable faster and more effective project development.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Architecture in Extreme Environments from the Czech Technical University Faculty of Architecture in 2010, his M.Sc., Master of Science in Space Management, from the International Space University in 2008, and his M. Arch., Master in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Czech Technical University Faculty of Architecture in 2006.