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Mission to Mars: The Ideal Team for Human Space Exploration

Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00am – 11:00am

Storrs Campus
Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn, Storrs

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn presents “Mission to Mars: Creating the Ideal Team for Human Space Exploration,” a lecture by Dr. John Mathieu, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Management, School of Business, UConn. The lecture will be held on Saturday, February 10, 10 am in the Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn Storrs Campus.

NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send a team of six astronauts to Mars in the 2030s. The mission will take 9-12 months to get there, likely spend around twelve months on the planet’s surface, and take another 9-12 months to return to Earth. What characteristics will these astronauts need to be successful on their mission? It will take the right mix of people to not only survive the journey, but to thrive and excel as humankind expands its presence into the solar system. The research of Dr. John Mathieu, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Management with UConn’s School of Business, is providing NASA key understandings on how to identify the participants needed to create a successful team of astronauts as well as how to help them maintain effectiveness as a team throughout the duration of the mission.

John Mathieu is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Management at the University of Connecticut, and holds the Friar Chair in Leadership and Teams at UConn. His primary areas of interest include models of team and multi-team effectiveness, leadership, training effectiveness, and cross-level models of organizational behavior. He has conducted work with several Fortune 500 companies, the armed services (Army, Navy, and Air Force), federal and state agencies (NRC, NASA, FAA, DOT), and numerous public and private organizations.

This program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit or call 860-486-4460.


Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Office of Public Engagement, School of Business, UConn Master Calendar

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