Join us for a fireside chat and open Q&A with Dr. Dava Newman! Come listen to the bold, brave, and fearless decisions she has had to make in her roles as a scientist, inventor, professor, and Deputy Administrator at NASA. Check out her inspiring bio by clicking on “Continue Reading” below!
Tuesday, November 6th 12-1:30pm in Room 9-451
Lunch will be served. Spots are limited, so hurry up and register!
Dr. Dava Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Institute for Data, Systems and Society as well as a Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member. She served as NASA Deputy Administrator from 2015–2017, nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She was the first female engineer and scientist to serve in this role and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. She is a leader in advanced space suit design, dynamics and control of astronaut motion, leadership development, innovation and space policy. Newman was the principal investigator on four spaceflight missions, contributing to better understanding of astronaut mental workload, fine motor control, and human adaptation in extreme environments. Best known for her BioSuit™ planetary EVA system, her advanced spacesuits inventions are now being applied to “soft suits/exoskeletons” to study and enhance locomotion on Earth. Here’s the clincher: she and her partner circumnavigated in 2002–2003, sailing 36,000 nm around the world and teaching ‘Exploration via Space and Sea’! Newman earned her Ph.D. in aerospace biomedical engineering, Master of Science degrees in aerospace engineering and technology and policy from MIT, and her Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame.