Jocelyn Dunn

Chief Scientist for HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation)

Jocelyn T. Dunn, Ph.D. is a native of Florida, USA where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (2009) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attended university with the support of athletics scholarship from the Embry-Riddle women’s golf team. After undergraduate, Dunn moved to the Midwest USA for graduate studies at Purdue University earning a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (2011) with thesis on a patented biomaterial for soft tissue repair, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering (2017) with dissertation topic of integrated health and stress monitoring for astronauts.

Dr. Dunn is here today to share about her experiences as Chief Scientist and Principal Investigator for the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program, analyzing the stress levels of crewmembers living and working in Mars-like isolation and confinement on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano for 8 and 12 month durations. Dr. Dunn has been featured in major news outlets, such as MSNBC, Popular Science magazine, ESPN, Vice, and NPR for her research on human performance in extreme environments, wearable device technologies, and the physiology and psychology of stress responses.

Dunn has delivered keynote addresses about her research for Wearable Technologies Toronto, TEDx Vicenza, Dawn or Doom, and the Passport to Hi-Tech. Dr. Dunn is an active community member and leader of STEM outreach initiatives. She was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from Purdue College of Engineering in 2012 and the Risk Taker Award from Women in Hi-Tech for leadership in STEM education in 2016.