21st Century Space Suit Designer
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 in the Astronautics and Engineering Systems Division as well as an affiliate faculty member in the Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences and Technology Division. Professor Newman’s research contributes to 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 spaceflight experiment, the MICRO-G experiment, which will fly on the International Space Station in a few years. Professor Newman is concurrently designing a revolutionary, advanced space suit for future exploration missions, the Bio-Suit 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 she recently received the National Aerospace Educator Award.