of Women in Aerospace and as president of the board of advisors of the Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program at the College of William and Mary. She has recently completed a new report on the government's role in research and development, with emphasis on science and technology.
DAVA J. NEWMAN is professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. In addition to these responsibilities, she was recently named director of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. Her expertise is in multidisciplinary research that combines aerospace biomedical engineering, human-in-the-loop modeling, biomechanics, human interface technology, life sciences, systems analysis, design, and policy. Dr. Newman's research studies are carried out through spaceflight experiments, ground-based simulations, and mathematical modeling. Current research efforts include advanced space suit design, dynamics and control of astronaut motion, mission analysis, and engineering systems design and policy analysis. She also has ongoing efforts in assistive technologies to augment human locomotion here on Earth. Dr. Newman is the author of Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design, an introductory engineering textbook with accompanying CD-ROM, published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., in 2002. She has also published more than 100 papers in journals and refereed conferences. Dr. Newman received her B.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame and S.M. degrees from MIT's Technology and Policy Program and the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She serves as a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and has also served as a member of the NRC Committee on Advanced Technology for Human Support in Space, the Committee for the Assessment of NASA’s Space Solar Power Investment and the Committee on Engineering Challenges to the Long-Term Operation of the International Space Station.
ERIC E. RICE president, CEO, and chairman of Orbital Technologies Inc. (ORBITEC), is currently leading the development of revolutionary microgravity research systems for spaceflight; advanced high-energy-density propellant-based propulsion engines for future space transport systems and space platforms; in situ propellant processing on the Moon and Mars; an innovative cryogenic fluid management technology; and advanced combustors for rocket engines. ORBITEC is a small aerospace business very involved in the government's Small Business Innovative Research Awards. Dr. Rice holds a Ph.D. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Ohio State University and a B.S. in chemistry and physics from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Rice is a fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); founder and 2002-2004 chairman of the AIAA Space Colonization Technical Committee; 1992 chairman and current member, AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee; 1996-1997 chairman and past member, AIAA Microgravity and Space Processes Technical Committee; past member AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee; past member, AIAA Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee; member, National Space Society; member, American Astronautical Society; named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Ohio State University; chairman, Wisconsin Space Institute; and associate director, Industry Programs Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium.