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AME Alumna Named AIAA Fellow

Nina Welding • DATE: February 22, 2018

AME Alumna Named AIAA Fellow

Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Dava J. Newman (B.S., aerospace engineering; ’86) has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Newman, the Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former deputy administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is one of 22 in the Class of 2018 Fellows who will be honored Tuesday, May 1 at the AIAA Fellows Dinner in Hilton Crystal City, Va.

According to the AIAA President Jim Maser, these researchers [fellows and honorary fellows] have “dedicated themselves and their careers to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. Their hard work, innovative spirit and leadership have made possible scores of noteworthy aerospace achievements during the past decades.”

Newman’s expertise is in aerospace biomedical engineering, and her interests encompass extravehicular activity research, dynamics and control of astronaut motion, locomotion modeling and orthoses, space flight experiments, teleoperation and telemedicine, and computer simulation and animation. Her accomplishments include the development of a novel spacesuit design (the MIT BioSuit™) that offers greater mobility than traditional pressure suits. Her work with wearable compression suits also led her into research in assistive technologies for individuals with locomotion issues.

The author of Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design, an introductory engineering textbook, Newman has published more than 300 papers in journals and referred conferences.

Among her most recent honors are the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Women in Aerospace Leadership Award, and Henry L. Taylor Founder’s Award from the Aerospace Medical Association (all received in 2017).