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Dava J. Newman is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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dec 2020 – dava as new director of mit media lab: https://news.mit.edu/2020/media-lab-director-newman-1222

Visionary astronautics researcher, explorer, and expert on human adaptation to space will lead the Institute’s world-renowned research center.

Dava Newman SM ’89, SM ’89, PhD ’92, an MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics whose groundbreaking work has advanced human performance in space with the goal of interplanetary reach, has been named the new director of the MIT Media Lab, effective July 1, 2021.

“Leading the legendary Media Lab is a dream for me, and I can’t wait to help write the next chapter of this uniquely creative, impactful, compassionate community,” Newman says. Currently she is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a faculty member in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology.

“I really see the MIT Media Lab as the best place in the world to bring together science, engineering, art, and design, to creatively deal with the huge challenges humanity is facing,” Newman says. “The magic of the Media Lab — which I hope to help build on — is to provide a trusted, open-minded, stimulating space where each person can contribute extraordinary expertise while being stretched beyond their comfort zone to collectively imagine a better, bolder future.”

“The irony was not lost on us that the global search culminated in the selection of a member of the MIT community,” says Pattie Maes, professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and chair of the search committee.

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“I am especially excited about her personal passion for advancing climate research, education and the arts, which are all areas that the Media Lab hopes to strengthen in the coming years,” add Maes, who also chairs the five-member executive committee that has led the Media Lab since the resignation 15 months ago of former director Joi Ito.

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“I plan to start by doing a lot of listening and learning,” Newman says. “I like to meet people where they are, and to encourage them to put all their great ideas on the table. I think that’s the best way to go forward, working with the whole community — faculty, students and staff — to tap into everyone’s creativity. I can’t wait to get started. There is so much exciting, important work to do … together.”

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