Christian Andersen, Program Manager

Christian supervises day-to-day operations for personnel, finance, budgeting and ongoing projects in planetary robotics and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) technology.  He also leads applied research projects related to additive manufacturing and analog testing, including securing grant funding and overseeing college interns.

Under PISCES, Christian successfully managed and executed the local planning, logistics and deployment of both NASA and CSA (Canadian Space Agency) analog field tests in 2008, 2010 and 2012.  He received three NASA Group Achievement Awards for his instrumental role in these tests and participation in the RESOLVE (Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction) team. Among these successfully tested payloads, CheMin is now on Mars aboard NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Christian earned a B.S. in Physics from San Jose State University and a M.S. in Engineering from U.C. Davis. He started his career conducting research in inertial confinement fusion at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories.  

Chris Yoakum, Public Information & Outreach Associate

Chris manages all media and public communications including PR strategy, marketing and internal communications. He also secures grant funding for workforce development programs that provide students with internships and career guidance. Chris also leads outreach and education initiatives, including the annual STARS (STEM Aerospace Research Scholars) program for high school students.

Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, Chris earned a B.A. in Communications with a minor in History from UH Hilo. He came to PISCES after graduation through a UH faculty recommendation and has worked with the agency since 2014. In 2018, he was nominated as an RCUH Employee of the Year.



Christian Andersen
Program Manager

Chris Yoakum
Public Information & Outreach Associate