Dava Newman has received Senate confirmation for the role of deputy administrator at NASA via a unanimous vote held more than six months after President Barack Obama submitted her nomination, Space News reported Monday.
“The strong bipartisan support Dr. Newman received in the Senate is a reflection of her well-earned reputation and renown as a global leader in science and technology research and policy,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement.
“I am personally ecstatic to welcome her aboard at such a busy and exciting time as we continue to make extraordinary strides on our Journey to Mars.”
Newman is currently a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and specializes in spaceflight research.
Bolden also noted her recent work in the development of a new lightweight spacesuit design.