Mr. Patrick Hambloch

EPSCoR Project Manager, NSF EPSCoR CPU2AL


Patrick Hambloch is a PMP certified project manager at the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. As of June 2019, he is managing the NSF funded EPSCoR project "Connecting the Plasma Universe to Plasma Technology in Alabama" (CPU2AL).

Before joining CSPAR, Patrick was using his space systems engineering and electrical engineering experience as a project manager at UAH's Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center. In that capacity, he led hardware and software development for experiments on the International Space Station and in the field of Airborne Science. 

Prior to being at UAH, he worked at the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany. At the MUSC he led a team of engineering and science professionals for the operations of the Materials Science Laboratory (MSL), a science payload onboard the International Space Station. He closely coordinated with different teams around the globe at the European Space Agency, Airbus Defense and Space, NASA, and science investigators in Europe and the United States.

Patrick currently serves as the Chair of the Workforce Development and Young Professionals Program Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). 


  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
  • M.S., Space Systems Engineering, TU Delft, Netherlands
  • Diplom, Electrical Engineering, Hochschule Niederrhein, Germany


  • "Advancing Model Based Systems Engineering in Aerospace Projects", P. Hambloch, D. Arterburn, International Astronautical Congress, Guadalajara, Mexico, September 2016
  • "CIRCE - Promoting a Data E-Infrastructure for the International Space Station", P. Hambloch, R. Willnecker, L. Carotenuto, S. Barde, O. Belbis, International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, China, September 2013
  • "Hitchhiking Iridium - A Concept For Global Near Real-Time Earth Observation", P. Hambloch, P. Swan, A. Ashford, 29th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference, Nara, Japan, November 2011
  • "High Resolution and Frequent Revisits - A Feasibility Assessment of a Business Case for an End-to-End Earth Observation System", P. Hambloch, T. Huang, N. Saks, M. Koller, D. Choukroun, International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, October 2011
  • "Modeling, Sensitivity Analysis, and Prototyping of Low-g Acceleration Acquisition Systems for Spacecraft Testing and Environmental-Noise Measurements", S. Saponara, G. Casarosa, P. Hambloch, F. Ciuchi, L. Fanucci, B. Sarti, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Volume: 60, Issue: 2, 10.1109/TIM. 2010.2084231, February 2011
  • "Decentralized payload operations: ESA's Materials Science Laboratory in NASA's Materials Science Research Rack", L. Uffmann, P. Hambloch, A. Diefenbach, R. Willnecker, S. Steinbach, T. Enz, D. Simicic, A. Nemirovski, J. Brisset, P. Weiss, W. Aicher, SpaceOps, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, April 2010
  • "Fast and Accurate Modeling and Sensitivity Analysis of an Acquisition System for Very Low-g Accelerations to be Used in Spacecraft Testing and Environmental Noise Measurements", L. Ferrari, S. Saponara, G. Casarosa, P. Hambloch, B. Sarti, IEEE International Workshop on Robotic and Sensors Environments, Lecco, Italy, November 2009
  • "The Second Young Engineers' Satellite (YES2)", M. Kruijff, P. Hambloch, E. van der Heide, M. Stelzer, International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, India, September 2007