Dishita Turakhia

Dishita Turakhia

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics & Director Technology Policy Program MIT
Bio

Professor Newman is the Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Director of Technology and Policy Program, and MacVicar Faculty Fellow.

Humans have evolved in and are optimally developed for the Earth-normal 1 G (9.8 m/s2) environment. Are the mechanics and energetic requirements of human performance across the continuum of gravity from microgravity (0 G) to lunar and Martian gravity levels (1/6 G and 3/8 G, respectively) to hypergravity (>1 G) altered from the 1 G mechanics and energetics? The multidisciplinary research effort combines aerospace bioengineering, human-in-the-loop dynamics and control modeling, biomechanics, human interface technology, life sciences, and systems analysis and design. The research studies are carried out through flight experiments, ground-based simulations, and mathematical and computer modeling. Other research efforts include advanced space suit design and navigation aids for EVA astronauts.