Dava Newman, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be nominated by President Barack Obama for the no. 2 position at NASA.
She is an MIT faculty member since 1993 and directs the university’s technology and policy program as well as co-leads its research lab for human vehicle systems, the White House said Thursday.
Newman also spearheads the MIT Portugal Program, an innovation alliance between Portuguese public and private organizations, and is part of a Harvard University-MIT health sciences and technology training program.
MIT News reports she would help oversee the space agency’s legislative, intergovernmental, mission support and International Space Station programs if she receives Senate confirmation for the deputy administrator role.
According to the university publication, Newman has also worked to develop new space suits, measure astronaut performance and examine human location under partial gravity.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and master of science and Ph.D. degrees from MIT.