Apollo Program Professor Chair
Along with former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Dr Dava Newman had been responsible in the past two years for providing overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for NASA. Newman performed the duties and exercised the powers delegated by the administrator, assisted the administrator in making final agency decisions, and acted for the administrator in his absence by performing all necessary functions to govern NASA operations and exercised the powers vested in the agency by law. Newman also was responsible for articulating the agency's vision and representing NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of federal and other appropriate government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities. Prior to her tenure with NASA, Newman was the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Her expertise is in multidisciplinary research that encompasses aerospace biomedical engineering. As of 20 January 2017, Dr Newman has resigned as NASA's deputy administrator. She is now back to MIT as Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics.