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Immanuel Barshi

2012 Distinguished International Alumni Award Recipient —Immanuel Barshi

Immanuel Barshi, center, receives the Distinguished International Alumnus Award from UCM President Chuck Ambrose, left, and Alumni Association Board President Jennifer Maijala, right.

Watch this video about Barshi.

Read this feature that appeared about him in our Today magazine.


Immanuel Barshi is a native of Israel. He has two degrees from UCM: a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology in 1987 and a Master of Arts in English in 1988.

He currently is a senior principal investigator in the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Research Center in Silicon Valley, Calif. His research addresses cognitive issues involved in the skilled performance of astronauts and pilots as well as mission controllers and air traffic controllers, their ability to manage challenging situations, and their vulnerability to error. The results of his work have been implemented in checklist design, operational procedures and training programs in space, aviation, medicine and nuclear facilities.

He holds PhDs in linguistics and cognitive psychology. He is an author and certified flight instructor with more than 35 years of flight experience.