Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, MIT; Former Deputy Administrator, NASA
Dava Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member. From 2015 to 2017, she served as NASA deputy administrator, the first female engineer in this role. Her research in multidisciplinary aerospace biomedical engineering investigates human performance across the spectrum of gravity, including space suits, life support, and astronaut performance. Newman has been principal investigator on four spaceflight missions and is known for her second-skin BioSuit™ planetary spacesuit. She is the author of the textbook Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design, has over 300 publications, and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.