Director of the MIT Media Lab, MIT Apollo Professor of Astronautics & Former NASA Deputy Administrator
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. Her research expertise is in multidisciplinary aerospace biomedical engineering investigating human performance across the spectrum of gravity. She is a leader in advanced space suit design, dynamics and control of astronaut motion, leadership development, innovation and space policy. Read More >
TEDx: Becoming Interplanetary & Accelerating Positive Change for Spaceship Earth
TED: How to Create a Space Suit
Women at NASA
Human Exploration from Earth to Mars: Becoming Interplanetary
NOVA: Space Fashion
Humanity will become interplanetary, and is on a journey to Mars. We are closer to reaching the Red Planet with human explorers than we have ever been in our history. Space agencies, academia and industry are working on the technologies and missions that will enable human “boots on Mars” in the 2030s following a decade of human exploration on the moon in the 2020s. The latest revolutionary technologies including XR (mixed reality) and citizen science are highlighted.
Recent space science missions to Pluto and Jupiter, the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, and orbital missions to monitor Spaceship Earth will be highlighted. Humanity will become interplanetary, and is on a journey to Mars. However, Mars is not 'Plan B.' Spaceship Earth, our pale blue dot, is the most magnificent planet to inhabit. Earth is speaking to us – are we listening? Supercomputer visualizations implementing artificial intelligence to curate Earth Systems data are shared. Global to local to personal actions and solutions to help regenerate to Earth’s oceans, land and air are discussed. Open source Climate 101 is gifted in this talk.
Returning humans to the moon and venturing out to Mars will give the opportunity to do incredible science on the ground, meaning more time spent on extravehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalks, performing physically demanding tasks. This will require a lightweight, mobile space suit that will protect astronauts from the extreme environments. New and innovative manufacturing methods are bringing the MIT BioSuit™ from concept to reality, allowing not only for a viable mechanical counter pressure suit but for the first time, incorporating thermal and radiation protection into an advanced second skin spacesuit.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said that the “future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Dava Newman thinks the most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and engineering education that will help humanity literally explore Mars. As an aerospace engineer and rocket scientist, Newman has spent her entire career dedicated to furthering STEM education, but she thinks we delivered the wrong message. We made STEM a thing – you were either In or Out. She would like to change the conversation to what she now calls STEAMD. Newman brings in the arts and design – the Makers. No more filtering anyone out, but rather, we must strive for infinite diversity in infinite combinations, empowering the women leaders of tomorrow! An inclusive, distributed leadership framework will be highlighted along with the stories of untold women innovators and leaders.
The Honorable Dr. Dava Newman served as NASA Deputy Administrator (2015-2017) nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Along with the NASA Administrator, she was responsible for articulating the agency's vision, providing overall leadership and policy direction, and representing NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of federal government agencies, international space agencies, and industry. She developed and implemented a strategic Innovation Framework, which served as the first comprehensive innovation strategy for a large government agency, including best practices from across government and industry; leading NASA’s novel public-private partnerships with several companies to develop new launch, spacecraft, commercial cargo and crew capabilities as examples of disruptive innovation.
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