Title: Research Scientist
Duties: Principal Investigator
Background: Mr. Newman is a Principal Investigator at the NASTAR Center. His research primarily focuses on modeling and understanding human perception and cognition in extreme environments. Mr. Newman is a mechanical and aerospace engineer by degree. His principle area of study was control systems and applied mathematics applied to human vestibular sensory physiology and motion sickness. Other topics of research and interest include human performance, cognition and learning (especially associated with stress and anxiety), situation awareness, spatial disorientation and human‐machine interaction. Additionally, Mr. Newman has a strong background in inferential statistics and experimental design and has published and presented original research at conferences and in peer reviewed scientific journals. His ongoing research is focused on sensory adaptation to the sustained G training environment and understanding ways to improve the efficacy of these devices in areas like Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) and Commercial Spaceflight. Mr. Newman authored and co-authored a growing number of research papers.
Mr. Newman has a Bachelor of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge Massachusetts.