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Astronomy & Space Science
Science - General
Shore Excursion Escorts
Dr. James Teslow is an educator who also practiced aerospace engineering for 30 years. He obtained his undergraduate aerospace engineering degree at the University of Washington, and two Masters degrees and a PhD at the University of Colorado. He has been an amateur astronomer since age 10 and is a member of the American Astronomical Society. His engineering work included rocket propulsion system analysis and design, launch support, new technology research, and business development.

He became interested in education, obtained a teaching certificate, and taught secondary science and mathematics for the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany and Japan. After earning a doctorate in Instructional Technology, he developed training materials for the U.S. National Weather Service, Air Force, and Navy; and has taught several courses in educational technology, research methods, and instructional design as an adjunct professor. He recently served as a post-doctoral researcher at Texas A&M University College of Engineering. He also holds a Cambridge University certificate for English language teaching to adults (CELTA). In his spare time, he enjoys long-distance walking.
In addition to the lectures below, Dr. Teslow would be delighted to offer stargazing sessions during the voyage, weather permitting and if requested.

Also, please note that cruise-specific events related to topics such as Northern Lights, eclipses, meteor showers, comets, tides, satellite and space station sightings, rocket launch viewing, and engineering projects (Panama Canal, Venice flood control, etc.) will be incorporated into lecture and deck sessions.

Dr. Teslow welcomes the opportunity to serve as a shore excursion escort.

As a special complimentary service, Dr. Teslow, a Cambridge University certified (CELTA) English teacher, would be happy to mentor crew members on their English grammar and pronunciation.

Entertaining and informational presentations to choose from:

1. The Northern Lights - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, as he describes the science and lore of the magnificent Aurora Borealis.

2. Our Future in Space - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, as he describes current missions and plans for future space exploration.

3. It Is Rocket Science: Life as an Aerospace Engineer - In this presentation Rocket Propulsion Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, will provide an interesting look at his 30-year career working on U.S. Air Force and NASA space projects.

4. Amazing Astronomy - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, for a fascinating look into the science of astronomy including the Big Bang, constellations, our Solar System, and Galaxies. He will discuss the Hubble Space Telescope and plans for future space-based observation platforms.

5. Stars and Black Holes - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, for a continuation of astronomy topics, including the birth and death of stars, pulsars, and Black Holes. He will discuss current theories and areas of research.

6. The History of Rockets - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, as he takes us on a journey through the history of rockets and how they work, from the earliest rockets to modern reliable rockets.

7. Why Your Car is so well-engineered: Six-sigma Quality - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, as he describes modern manufacturing quality control. The audience will help improve a common household problem using Six-sigma techniques.

8. The Race for the Moon - Join Aerospace Engineer Dr Jim Teslow as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

9. Three-two-one ... Liftoff: Space Program Successes and Disasters - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, as he chronicles the highs and lows of mankind's space adventures.

10. Rocket Development - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, as he describes past and future rocket designs.

11. Relativity Simplified - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow, for a discussion of this complex topic in understandable language.

12. Long Distance Walking: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It - Join Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Jim Teslow for a presentation and Q&A session with tips for walking from village to village in Europe along way-marked trails.
I have presented lectures and conducted stargazing sessions on these ships:
RCCL Navigator of the Seas, November 2016
RCCL Freedom of the Seas, May 2017,
RCCL Navigator of the Seas, November 2017
RCCL Navigator of the Seas, April 2018
Viking Ocean Orion, September 2018
Viking Ocean Orion, October 2018
Viking Ocean Sky, February 2019
Viking Ocean Sky, February-March 2019
Viking Ocean Orion, July 2019
Viking Ocean Orion, July 2019
Viking Sky Cruise Director Comments: Jim was a super star for both of his 2 cruises with us. Good feedback from guests. "Making a very complicated subject easier to understand for normal people. This was the sentiment I received from many guests. They liked the fact that he did not talk over their heads. Nor did he dumb it down to insult their intelligence.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Orion OR190715 Alaska & the Inside Passage 10 Seward (Anchorage), Alaska Monday, July 15, 2019
Viking Orion OR190705 Alaska & the Inside Passage 10 Vancouver Friday, July 5, 2019
Viking Sky SK190218 In Search of the Northern Lights 12 Bergen Monday, February 18, 2019
Viking Sky SK190206 In Search of the Northern Lights 12 Tilbury Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Viking Orion OR181007 Far East Discovery 14 Hong Kong Sunday, October 7, 2018
Viking Orion OR180923 Southeast Asia & Hong Kong 14 Bangkok (from Laem Chabang) Sunday, September 23, 2018