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Dava Newman

Dava Newman

Keynote Speaker: Former Deputy Administrator of NASA; Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics at MIT; Director of MIT Media Lab

Dava Newman Biography

Dr. Dava Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society as well as a Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member. She was named the new director of the MIT Media Lab, effective July 1, 2021.

Her research expertise is in multidisciplinary aerospace biomedical engineering investigating human performance across the spectrum of gravity. She is a leader in advanced spacesuit design, dynamics, and control of astronaut motion, leadership development, innovation, and space policy. Newman was the principal investigator on four spaceflight missions. The Space Shuttle Dynamic Load Sensors (DLS) experiment measured astronaut-induced disturbances of the microgravity environment on mission STS-62. An advanced system, the Enhanced Dynamic Load Sensors experiment, flew onboard the Russian Mir Space Station from 1996–1998.

Newman was a Co-Investigator on the Mental Workload and Performance Experiment (MWPE) that flew to space on STS-42 to measure astronaut mental workload and fine motor control in microgravity. She also developed the MICR0-G space flight experiment to provide a novel sensor suite and study human adaptation in extreme environments. She is the MIT PI on the Gravity Loading Countermeasure Suit, or Skinsuit, onboard the International Space Station as an ESA technology demonstration 2015-2017. Best known for her second skin "BioSuit" planetary EVA system, her advanced spacesuits inventions are now being applied to “soft suits” to study and enhance locomotion on Earth. Newman is the author of Interactive Aerospace Engineering and Design, an introductory engineering textbook, and has published more than 300 papers in journals and refereed conferences, and holds numerous compression technology patents. She has supervised 90 graduate student theses and supervised and mentored over 200 undergraduate researchers.

She served as NASA Deputy Administrator from 2015 to 2017, nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Along with the NASA Administrator, she was responsible for articulating the agency’s vision, providing leadership and policy direction, and representing NASA to the White House, Congress, international space agencies, and industry. Newman was the first female engineer and scientist to serve in this role and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. She championed the human journey to Mars, technology and innovation, and education.

Newman has received many honors over the course of her illustrious career. Some of her recent honors include being named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and AIAA Fellow. She was the recipient of the AIAA Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award, Women in Aerospace Leadership Award, and the Aerospace Medical Association’s Henry L. Taylor Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Aerospace Human Factors.

Newman’s "BioSuit" has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, American Museum of Natural History, Victoria and Albert and Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Newman earned her Ph.D. in aerospace biomedical engineering, Master of Science degrees in aerospace engineering and technology and policy from MIT, and her bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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Dava Newman Speaking Topics

Human Exploration from Earth to Mars: Becoming Interplanetary

Abstract: Recent space science missions to Pluto and Jupiter, the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, and orbital missions to monitor Spaceship Earth will be highlighted. Humanity will become interplanetary, and is on a journey to Mars. We are closer to reaching the Red Planet with human explorers than we have ever been in our history. Space agencies, academia and industry are working right now on the technologies and missions that will enable human “boots on Mars” in the 2030s. We are testing advanced technologies for the next giant leaps of exploration. From solar electric propulsion to cutting edge life support systems, to the first crops grown in space, the journey to Mars is already unfolding in tangible ways today for tomorrow. A three-stage plan will be highlighted – from missions close to Earth involving commercial partners and the International Space Station, advancing to missions in Earth–Moon orbit, or deep space, and finally moving on to Mars, where explorers will be practically independent from spaceship Earth. The innovation required to realize humanity becoming interplanetary cuts across science, human exploration and technology. Fundamentally, education, knowledge and access are the keys to exploring our solar system, Spaceship Earth, and ourselves. The urgency of education about our own planet is shown through super computer data visualizations accessible through online open platforms. The presentation concludes with an inclusive message on STEAMD (science-technology-engineering-arts-math-design) about changing the conversation to include everyone: the artists, designers, poets and makers. We are all astronauts on Spaceship Earth! Eleanor Roosevelt once said that the “future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Dava Newman Videos

Becoming Interplanetary & Accelerating Positive Change for Spaceship Earth
Earth & Space Keynote 2019 - Dr. Dava Newman
How to create a space suit | Dava Newman

How to book Dava Newman?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dava Newman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dava Newman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dava Newman or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Dava Newman?

Booking fees for Dava Newman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dava Newman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Dava Newman?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dava Newman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dava Newman for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dava Newman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dava Newman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Dava Newman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Innovation, Disruptive Thinking and Disruptive Technology. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dava Newman for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Dava Newman can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Emily Calandrelli, Aprille Ericsson and Tara Ruttley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dava Newman for an upcoming event.

Dava Newman Speaking Topics

  • Human Exploration from Earth to Mars: Becoming Interplanetary

    Abstract: Recent space science missions to Pluto and Jupiter, the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, and orbital missions to monitor Spaceship Earth will be highlighted. Humanity will become interplanetary, and is on a journey to Mars. We are closer to reaching the Red Planet with human explorers than we have ever been in our history. Space agencies, academia and industry are working right now on the technologies and missions that will enable human “boots on Mars” in the 2030s. We are testing advanced technologies for the next giant leaps of exploration. From solar electric propulsion to cutting edge life support systems, to the first crops grown in space, the journey to Mars is already unfolding in tangible ways today for tomorrow. A three-stage plan will be highlighted – from missions close to Earth involving commercial partners and the International Space Station, advancing to missions in Earth–Moon orbit, or deep space, and finally moving on to Mars, where explorers will be practically independent from spaceship Earth. The innovation required to realize humanity becoming interplanetary cuts across science, human exploration and technology. Fundamentally, education, knowledge and access are the keys to exploring our solar system, Spaceship Earth, and ourselves. The urgency of education about our own planet is shown through super computer data visualizations accessible through online open platforms. The presentation concludes with an inclusive message on STEAMD (science-technology-engineering-arts-math-design) about changing the conversation to include everyone: the artists, designers, poets and makers. We are all astronauts on Spaceship Earth! Eleanor Roosevelt once said that the “future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Dava Newman Videos

Becoming Interplanetary & Accelerating Positive Change for Spaceship Earth
Earth & Space Keynote 2019 - Dr. Dava Newman
How to create a space suit | Dava Newman
Dava Newman: "Mars and Beyond: Exploring Today for Tomorrow"
Dava Newman: A better built space suit

Dava Newman Reviews

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How to book Dava Newman?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dava Newman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dava Newman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dava Newman or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Dava Newman?

Booking fees for Dava Newman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dava Newman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Dava Newman?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dava Newman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dava Newman for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dava Newman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dava Newman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Dava Newman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Innovation, Disruptive Thinking and Disruptive Technology. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dava Newman for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Dava Newman can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Emily Calandrelli, Aprille Ericsson and Tara Ruttley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dava Newman for an upcoming event.

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