Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Professor of Aeronautics
and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
and Policy Program
Health, Sciences and Technology
Systems Focus Area, MIT
Dr. Newman received her Ph.D.
in Aerospace Biomedical Engineering from MIT. Her expertise
is in multidisciplinary research that combines aerospace
biomedical engineering, human-in-the-loop modeling, biomechanics,
human interface technology, life sciences, systems analysis,
design and policy. Dr. Newman's research studies are carried
out through space flight experiments, ground-based simulations,
and mathematical modeling. Current research efforts include:
advanced space suit design, dynamics and control of astronaut
motion, mission analysis, and engineering systems design
and policy analysis. She also has ongoing efforts in assistive
technologies to augment human locomotion here on Earth.
Dr. Newman is the author of Interactive
Aerospace Engineering and Design, an introductory engineering
textbook with accompanying CD-ROM, published by McGraw-Hill,
Inc. in 2002. She has also published more than 100 papers
in journals and refereed conferences.
Dr. Newman received her BS degree
from the University of Notre Dame and SM degrees in 1989
from MIT's Technology and Policy Program and department
of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Published by Dava J. Newman
Coverage of Dava Newman and the BioSuit “This Spacesuit for Exploring Mars Is a Form-Fitting Math Problem” WIRED – January 7, 2014
Dava Newman talks about the BioSuit at a recent TED talk in San Francisco, TED Women
“BioSuit: The Future of Space Gear Is Being Built out of MIT” Boston Magazine – Boston Daily blog - December 10, 2013
“Meet Dava Newman, the World’s Universe’s Leading Space Fashion Designer” All Things Digital – December 6, 2013
Dava Newman talks about the space suit of the future (article and videos): “MIT Professor Has Created a Safer, Skin Tight Space Suit That Will Make It Easier to Work on Mars” – Space Industry News – February 5, 2013
Dava Newman featured in article on space exploration: “MIT professor wants NASA to return to exploration” Cambridge Chronicle – July 22, 2011
Mass High Tech newspaper names Dava Newman among "Women to Watch": MIT News Office article
Prof. Newman’s recent talk on humans in space, part of MIT Museum’s “Soap Box” series, is now on MIT World.
Dava Newman featured in “The Secret Life of Scientists” (a web-exclusive series from NOVA) – January 8, 2010
Dava Newman to undergo spaceflight physiology training at the National AeroSpace Training and Research Center (NASTAR) in January(Slice of MIT blog – September 14, 2009
Prof. Newman and Prof. de Weck
featured in June IEEE Spectrum Special Issue on Mars: "What
to wear on Mars" and "What
to pack for Mars"
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