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Dava Newman

Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Director, Technology and Policy Program
Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences and Technology
Lead, Bio-Engineering Systems Focus Area, MIT Portugal Program

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.

Books Published:

Books Published by Dava J. Newman

Selected Publications:

Paper presented at the 2004 Engineering Systems Symposium:
> Co-Author of Submitted Paper "To Reduce or to Extend a Complex Engineering System Design Lifetime? What is at Stake, for Whom, and How to Resolve the Dilemma"

Related News:

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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Dava Newman

Contact info:

Dava Newman
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 33-307
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.258.8799
Fax: 617.253.4196
Email to: dnewman"at"

Click here for the link to Professor Newman's Aeronautics and Astronautics web page


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