Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has signed on to become a professor of aviation at the University of Waterloo.
Hadfield, a decorated astronaut who rose to global prominence during a tweet-heavy five-month visit to the International Space Station, is expected to teach starting in the fall of 2014.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and researchers to work with, and learn from, one of the greatest Canadians of recent times,” Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of Waterloo, said in a statement.
Hadfield was raised in Ontario and first worked at the U of W in 1982 as a researcher. However, he earned his engineering degree at the Royal Military College of Canada. After a long career with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, he retired in June.
“We are excited that he is willing to share his extensive career knowledge and experience in aviation with our faculty and students when he is able,” said Ian McKenzie, director of aviation at Waterloo, in a statement.
Hadfield has a book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, due out later this month.
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