Dava Newman is deputy administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, responsible for articulating the agency's vision and representing NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of federal and other appropriate government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities. Prior to her tenure with NASA, Newman was the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her expertise is in multidisciplinary research that encompasses aerospace biomedical engineering. Newman's research studies were carried out through space flight experiments, ground-based simulations and mathematical modeling. Her latest research efforts include advanced space suit design, dynamics and control of astronaut motion, mission analysis, and engineering systems design and policy analysis. She also had ongoing efforts in assistive technologies to augment human locomotion on Earth. Newman is the author of “Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design,” an introductory engineering textbook. She also has published more than 250 papers in journals and refereed conferences.