AIAA Journal Seminar Series Presents Bonnie J. Dunbar – 8/24

AIAA Journal Seminar Series Presents Bonnie J. Dunbar – 8/24

Event Date: August 24, 2023

Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, will be giving the next seminar in the AIAA Journal Seminar Series on Thursday, August 24th at 11:30 a.m. EST

To attend this seminar, titled “Human Systems Integration – Human Space Exploration from the Digital Thread to Spacesuits,” please register by clicking here. All who register can attend the live seminar or watch the archived version, which will still allow questions to be asked if submitted via text within 48 hours. Hope to see you there! 

For more on Dr. Dunbar and her seminar, please see the bio and abstract below.


Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar is the John and Bea Slattery Chair in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and director of the Aerospace Human Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Previously, Dr. Dunbar was a NASA astronaut, where she flew five space shuttle flights and logged more than 50 days in space. For NASA, she has also served as assistant NASA JSC director for university research, deputy director for Flight Crew Operations, Associate Director for ISS Mission Operations development, and NASA headquarters deputy associate administrator for the Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications. After retiring from NASA, Dr. Dunbar became the president and CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle and then the M.D. Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston before joining Texas A&M..


Exploration of Space with Humans requires a new depth of understanding of Human Systems Integration (HSI) for all stakeholders. This includes modelling human performance in reduced gravity environments and understanding effects of “Bioastronautics”. This talk provides a perspective on the importance of incorporating HSI into Extravehicular Activity (EVA) spacesuits. Spacesuits are human shaped spacecraft, which must not only protect against the extreme environments of space, but also enable mobility for a variety of different anthropometrically shaped humans. The application of HSI throughout the design and development of EVA spacesuits is critical for successful and safe human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond.