Dava J. Newman

On leave as NASA Deputy Administrator
Apollo Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 258-8799

Academic Degrees

B.S., 1986, University of Notre Dame (Aerospace Engineering) S.M., 1989, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics & Astronautics) S.M., 1989, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Technology and Policy) Ph.D., 1992, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aero. Biomed. Engineering)

Honors and Awards

World Record for Women's Human-Powered Hydrofoil Speed, 1991; National Research Council Research Associate Award, 1992; Elected to the MIT Corporation, 1992; Professor of the Year - University of Houston ASME Chapter, 1993; NASA Manned Flight Awareness Team Award, 1995; AIAA Distinguished Lecturer, 1999-2001; MIT Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, 2000; Women in Aerospace, 2001; National Aerospace Educator, 2001; AIAA Distinguished Lecturer, 2003-2004 NASA Group Achievement Award for NIAC 2004, included as one of 100 Extraordinary Women Engineers selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 2004; Best Inventions of 2007, awarded by Time Magazine, 2007; Metropolitan Museum of Art Super Heroes: Fashion and Fantasy, 2008; Mass High Tech Women to Watch, 2010; Paris - Cite des sciences & de l’industrie: Les Nouvelles Technologies de la Protection Corporelle, 2010; BBC Inventor of the Week, Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention, 2010; Portuguese national research team winner: Associacão Salvador for neurorehabilitation, 2011; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Power of Making exhibit, 2011-12; American Museum of Natural History, New York, Beyond Earth: The Future of Spaceflight exhibit, 2011-2012; 2012 Cambridge Science Festival '"Curiosity Award," 2013.

Society Memberships

American Association of University Women, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts, Aerospace Medical Association, American Society for Engineering Education, International Society of Biomechanics, Sigma Xi, The International Research Honor Society, Society of Women Engineers, Space Studies Institute, Union of Concerned Scientists

Positions Held at MIT

Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1993-1995; Assistant Professor, 1995-1998; Harvard–MIT HST Affiliate Faculty, 1995-Present; Associate Professor, 1998-2000; MIT Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, 2000; Director, Technology and Policy Program, 2003-2105; Engineering Systems Div., Joint Faculty, 2003-2004; Professor 2004-present, Engineering Systems Division, Dual Faculty, 2004-present; House Master: Baker House 2005-2015. Currently on leave as NASA Deputy Administrator

Positions Held outside MIT

NASA Deputy Administrator, May 2015-present

Specialization and Research Interests

Aerospace biomedical engineering: biomechanics, control, and dynamics; human factors; engineering systems and design; space policy

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Aerospace and Design, exploration, space biomedical engineering, leadership development

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