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Professor Dava Newman is currently the director of the Technology and Policy Program and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT. She is professor of Aeronautics and the Astronautics and Engineering Systems Division as well as an affiliate faculty in the Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences and Technology Division. Professor Newman’s research contributes to the fundamental knowledge of human performance in extreme environments by interweaving biomechanics, human factors engineering, modeling, and design.
In the space environment, she quantifies astronaut motion and studies the subtle mechanisms underlying neuron-musculoskeletal adaptation, which are not easily studied on earth. She is currently developing her fourth space flight experiment, the MICRO-G experiment, which will fly on the International Space Station in a few years.
Newman is concurrently designing a revolutionary, advanced spacesuit for future exploration missions, the BioSuit System, which she targets for 2020. She has been honored with a NASA Manned Flight Awareness Team Award and a NASA Group Achievement Award. She is a recognized AIAA Distinguished Lecturer and recently received the National Aerospace Educator Award.
In addition to teaching classes in leadership and engineering at MIT, she has published and presented more than 200 papers in refereed journals and at conferences and other professional groups. She is a regular speaker and participant at engineering conferences given by groups such as the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and International Design for Extreme Environments Assembly (IDEEA) among many others. In 2001, she published her first book entitled Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design.
Newman earned a Ph.D. from MIT in Aeronautics, Biomedicine and Engineering.
as author at MIT World Series: The Technology and Policy Program - Homeland Security Technology and Policy Seminar,
together with: Eric Amundsen, Karina Funk, Ajit Kambil,
A New Age of Exploration: From Earth to Mars
as author at Technology Day 2008 - Out of this World,
Technology, Policy and Education: Education for Leadership in Engineering
as moderator at MIT World Series: TPP 30th Anniversary Celebration,
together with: Richard de Neufville, Sheila Widnall, Joel Moses, Granger Morgan,
Space Exploration: The Next 100 Years
as author at MIT World Series: 100th Anniversary of Flight,
together with: Andrew Chaikin, Supriya Chakrabarti, Richard P. Binzel,