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Kevin J DeBruin is a former NASA Rocket Scientist, TEDx speaker, and educates about space at events around the globe.

Kevin worked as a Systems Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, CA. His focus was on the Europa Lander Mission Concept as a Flight Systems Engineer as well as more than 30 advanced missions concepts exploring the universe. Kevin received his Master’s of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Aerospace Systems Design Lab.

Kevin is also known as the ‘Fit Rocket Scientist’ for he is an American Ninja Warrior, certified personal trainer, and former bodybuilder.


NAME: Kevin J DeBruin
HOMETOWN: Kaukauna, WI


  • Former NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) Spacecraft Systems Engineer

    • Europa Lander Flight System Engineer (pre-project)

    • Former TeamX/TeamXc/A-Team Systems Engineer

    • NASA Public Profile

  • DeBruin Enterprises, LLC

    • Space Educator

    • Fit Rocket Scientist

    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • The Aerospace Corporation

    • Space Systems Engineer (MBSE)


  • Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech

  • Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Platteville

  • Minor in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Platteville

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • Red Cross First Aide, CPR, AED

  • Eagle Scout - Boy Scouts of America


  • TEDx Georgia Tech Speaker - Without Space We Die

  • CuriosityStream Brand Ambassador

  • Yuri’s Night LA 2019 Space Ambassador

  • Yuri’s Night Colorado Springs 2019 STEM Champion

  • Space Foundation 35th Space Symposium NewGen Social Media Launchpad Panelist

  • The Aerospace Corporation Senior Space Systems Engineer

  • Former NASA JPL Europa Lander Flight System Engineer

  • Former NASA JPL TeamX/TeamXc/A-Team +20 mission concept studies throughout the universe

  • Former NASA JPL Systems Engineer on Human Spaceflight, Mars Colony, Phobos Ranger projects

  • Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants Skype to 7 schools in California, Texas, and Canada

  • SongAm Space Center, South Korea Celebrity Guest Teacher July 2018

  • Kaukauna High School 2018 Commencement Speaker

  • Yuri's Night LA @BOSplanet Correspondent

  • Competed on American Ninja Warrior Season 10 LA Qualifiers

  • Appeared on Stardom presented by

  • Appeared on the Fit Life Academy podcast with Dale Chube

  • YouTube Red Pilot with Ridley Scott: AI Games - Team Red

  • SciComm Camp 2017 Participant

  • Appeared on the Space Science and SciFi Summit October 7th, 2017

  • Appeared on The Tomorrow Show with Gray Bright Cassini Wednesdays (Aired Sept. 6, 2017)

  • Appeared in story of NASA Responds to 9-year old Britian Boy featured in Mirror (UK), Sky News (UK), BT (UK), Naver News (South Korea), NY Daily News, Times Villager

  • SongAm Space Center, South Korea Celebrity Guest Teacher July 2017

  • LA Public Library STEAM Speaker

  • Appeared on American Ninja Warrior Season 9 LA Qualifiers (Aired June 2, 2017)

  • Appeared on TMRO for an interview: TMRO YouTube Channel has +15,000 subscribers

  • NASA JPL Cassini Begins Grand Finale Correspondent for BOS

  • NASA Social JSC Space Bowl Alumni

  • AIAA Distinguished Mentor

  • Science and Entertainment Exchange Expert Consultant

  • Summary of NASA OR BUST published on the Planetary Society’s website (

  • Beyond Our Sight (BOS) Correspondent: Facebook +500,000 followers, Instagram +57,000

  • Planetary Society HQ Volunteer - HQ in Pasadena, CA

  • NASA JPL Speaker’s Bureau Most Active Member

  • Men’s Physique Competitor - Muscle Beach Venice Memorial Day 2016

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering - Georgia Tech

  • Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Dimitri Mavris Director of the ASDL (Aerospace Systems Design Lab) at Georgia Tech in the Space Systems Branch with Mr. Stephen Edwards

  • Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering - University of Wisconsin: Platteville

  • Minor is Business Administration - University of Wisconsin: Platteville

  • Woodward, Inc. Research Intern Technology Development Summer 2013

  • NASA Langley Research Center Intern Fall 2012

  • Woodward, Inc. Research Intern Production Engineering Summer 2012

  • Woodward, Inc. Research Intern Product Development Summer of 2011

  • Woodward, Inc. Research Intern Research & Development Summer 2010

  • Eagle Scout


3 years and over 150 applications to NASA before I received my first internship with NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia in 2012.

Georgia Tech initially denied my application to graduate school. Eventually I received a Graduate Research Assistantship, where they actually paid for my school and PAID ME to do research. 

NASA JPL interviewed me in December 2014 and did not give me a full time job. I took a temporary 10 week internship to prove to them I belong. And then I became a FULL TIME NASA ENGINEER!


Give me an opportunity, I'll take it.

Give me a challenge, I'll beat it.

Give me an obstacle, I'll overcome it.

Give me the chance, I'll succeed.


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