Madhu Thangavelu

USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, United States

About Madhu


Madhu Thangavelu
2429 Via Sonoma
Palos Verdes Estates
CA 90274
Tel:310 - 378 - 6259

Madhu Thangavelu conducts the ASTE 527 graduate Space Exploration
Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio in the Department of Astronautical Engineering within the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University
of Southern California. He also teaches the Arch599 Extreme Environment
Habitation Design Seminar in the School of Architecture, where he is a
graduate thesis adviser.
Mr. Thangavelu’s educational background is in Architecture(Masters in
Building Science, USC School of Architecture) and in Engineering(Bachelors
in Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut,
India). He is also a graduate of the inaugural summer session of the International Space University held at MIT in 1988. Versions of Madhu's masters thesis(conceived during ISU '88 at MIT)entitled "MALEO: Modular Assembly in Low Earth Orbit. An Alternate Strategy for Lunar Base Establishment" were published in several journals worldwide.
At USC, he was mentored by and worked as a research associate under
Dr.Eberhardt Rechtin(while he was creating the Systems Architecting Engineering program at USC), professor of Electrical, Systems and Aerospace
Engineering, considered the chief architect of NASA’s Deep Space Network and
President Emeritus of Aerospace Corp.
Since 1992, he is a creative consultant to the aerospace industry in this newly evolving field of space architectures complex concept synthesis.
Mr.Thangavelu’s concepts have been reviewed and appreciated by NASA, the National Research Council, the National Space Council(Bush Sr.
Administration), and his work has been presented before the National Academy
of Sciences.
He is a visiting lecturer at ISU, having co-chaired the Space Systems Analysis and Design Department at their 2002 summer session in California. He continues to present and publish original concepts in Space System Architectures and chairs related sessions at conferences.
He is a co-author of the book "The Moon: Resources, Future
Development and Colonization", John Wiley &Sons 1999, and the second
Springer/Praxis edition was published in 2007.
He is a former Vice Chairman for Education, Los Angeles Section of the American Institute Of Aeronautics and Astronautics(AIAA). He is director of Space Exploration Projects at the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. Mr. Thangavelu is also the invited author of the chapter “Living On the Moon” in the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, a major reference work published by John Wiley and Sons in October 2010.
Mr. Thangavelu’s concept creation work was greatly appreciated
for proposing ideas that pointed to the “leading-edge sensor concept” for
return to flight of the space shuttle fleet.
Mr. Thangavelu, his spouse, space system architect Catherine Girardey are both naturalized citizens and live with their children Chloe Saras(16),
Chelsea-Manon(13)and O’Paul Roy(7) in Palos Verdes Estates, California.

An idea worth spreading

The internet is changing the world faster than our leaders imagine and quicker than they are able to muzzle it ! Humanity is moving from nationalism and internationalism to globalism. The Cosmic Man is emerging, unshackled from 20th century notions of country, culture and customs. Human spaceflight is poised to play a role in bringing people together. Vernadsky and Chardin, noosphere and Omega Point is here !

I'm passionate about

Human Space Activity, Concepts Creation, Astronomy , leading edge technology, religion, all kinds of things that fly and music.

Talk to me about

USC Graduate Space Concepts Studio, How we Brainstorm and The Future of Human Spaceflight as a catalyst for world peace, heralding the arrival of Cosmic man !

People don't know I'm good at getting other people to become imaginative and creative.... and see what they do in my studio !

My TED story

Chris, Take a look at what 20 somethings are planning for the future of human spaceflight. NASA seems to be on the wrong ? 20th century ? track !