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U-M Industrial & Operations Engineering pres.

SEMINAR: "Measuring and Mitigating Challenges for Future Human Spaceflight Missions" — Allison Anderson

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Allison Anderson
The Departmental Seminar Series is open to all. U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering graduate students and faculty are especially encouraged to attend.

Measuring and Mitigating Challenges for Future Human Spaceflight Missions

The future of human spaceflight will send people away from the Earth for longer durations to explore the surface of the moon or Mars. The challenges associated with missions of this magnitude will require advances in technology to resolve these issues in early stages of design. Improved ways to evaluate habitat design, human factors, and perform ergonomics evaluation of spacecraft are needed. These missions will require increased crew autonomy and associated decision support. Additional countermeasures are needed to maintain human performance in operational, isolated, confined environments. These missions will also require novel spacesuits that minimized restricted mobility and injuries. This talk will discuss my research to measure and mitigate these issues. This research, while focused on individuals in extreme environments also has direct implications for patient populations here on Earth.

Dr. Anderson graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Astronautics Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Astronomy. She received an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Technology Policy in 2011 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Biomedical Engineering in 2014 from MIT. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute to work at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center studying human space physiology. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado – Boulder Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and an Adjunct Professor in Integrative Physiology. Her work focuses on aerospace biomedical engineering, spacesuit design, wearable sensors, spacecraft habitat design, alternative reality technologies, and human physiology in extreme environments. Specifically, her work is directed toward enabling a human mission to Mars.
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