The Wake Forest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce that Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the first female engineer to serve as NASA Deputy Administrator, will visit Wake Forest University Sept. 24 and 25.
An expert on space technology and policy, Newman will present “Exploring Space for Earth: Earth’s Vital Signs Revealed,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Byrum Welcome Center auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
She will highlight recent missions to Pluto and Jupiter, the discovery of thousands of exoplanets and orbital missions to monitor Earth. Her talk offers a view from space of planet Earth’s interconnected systems through supercomputer data visualizations and stories to demonstrate risks, actions and solutions.
Newman served as NASA’s second-in-command May 2015 through January 2017. She focused on articulating the human Journey to Mars, highlighting scientific missions, advocating for transformative aeronautics capabilities, developing and implementing a strategic innovation framework, and advocating for diversity and inclusion for NASA and the nation’s STEM initiatives.