After a global search that became up 60 candidates, the MIT Media Lab has introduced that Dava Newman, SM ’89, SM ’89, PhD ’92, an MIT professor of astronautics, will change into its original director on July 1.

Newman, whose work has built-in engineering, produce, and biomedical analysis with an perceive to bettering human performance in home, is well-known for setting up the BioSuit, an evolved “2nd skin” spacesuit that may maybe allow astronauts to transfer extra naturally in zero gravity. Her profession pursuits also embody academic innovation and produce together entry to, climate replace, the performing arts, and science and technology protection. She directed MIT’s Technology and Protection Program from 2003 to 2015, became named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, and served as head of home at Baker Home for a decade. The main investigator for four home missions, Newman became deputy administrator of NASA from 2015 to 2017, the first female engineer in this characteristic. 

With this background, she brings a boldly interdisciplinary perspective to a lab well-known for its free-ranging come to technological innovation. “She is a clothier, a thinker, a maker, an engineer, an educator, a mentor, a convener, a communicator, a futurist, a humanist and, importantly, an optimist,” Dean Hashim Sarkis wrote in his letter saying the desire.

“I if fact be told take a look at out the MIT Media Lab because the most attention-grabbing situation on this planet to bring together science, engineering, art, and produce to creatively deal with the expansive challenges humanity goes via,” Newman says. “The magic of the Media Lab—which I am hoping to encourage assemble on—is to assign a relied on, originate-minded, stimulating home the put every person can make a contribution out of the ordinary skills whereas being stretched beyond their comfort zone to collectively accept as true with a more in-depth, bolder future.”

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