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Dr Iya Whiteley
Centre for Space Medicine
University College London
Holmbury St. Mary Dorking
  • Principal Research Associate Deputy Director of the Centre for Space Medicine
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Dr Iya Whiteley - Director of the Centre for Space Medicine at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL 

The curiosity about how we can perform in extreme circumstances and exceed expectations of others, lead Iya to learn how to fly, skydive, scuba dive, among other hobbies, and study psychology and computer science – the cross disciplinary area now termed, Human Factors. Iya lead projects to develop EPSILON (Embedded Psychological Support Integrated for LONg-duration missions) toolset for exploration expeditions to the Moon and Mars; to design CET IO (Crew Expert Tool) to resolve innovatively challenges in a highly technical and alien environment while voyaging to Mars, when there is no live communication link with Earth. Prior to developing Human Behaviour Performance course for the new European Astronauts in Cologne, Iya was teaching human factors to engineers, designing military cockpits, selecting crew from over 70 nationalities for Emirates Airlines and working on understanding why in military environment experts speaking the same language do not understand each other. Now, working as a Deputy Director at the Centre for Space Medicine, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Iya has been instrumental in developing collaboration activities between Russia, United States and UK, in particular, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre and NASA’s National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

01-DEC-2016 Director, Centre for Space Medicine Dept of Space & Climate Physics University College London(UCL), United Kingdom
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