In the midst of her doctoral program at Purdue University in Industrial engineering, Jocelyn Dunn pursued the opportunity to participate in a simulated Mars mission for 8 months called HI-SEAS, the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. Participating in this study had inherent risks, as it tested the adaptability and resilience of an individual in a harsh environment. Jocelyn also took risks in changing the direction of her doctoral research and in leaving behind family and friends for a long period of time.
Despite pragmatic cynicism from some of her closest advisors, she accepted. As a result, she found a way to merge her lifelong interests in astronaut health with her early PhD work in developing data analytics. Through her many interviews with international news outlets about the program, she also brought positive attention to women in STEM.
Additionally, Jocelyn is currently leading a team for STEM outreach in Gary, Indiana, called Earthonauts. Even though this project has presented inherent risks because of the significant gang violence in the area, she continues to build relationships in the community and lay the groundwork for sustainable STEM outreach in Gary.
Jocelyn serves as a great example of how women positively impact the world through STEM.
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Publications and Presentations
Mathematical Physics: modeled universe formation and evolution with solutions to Einstein’s equations:
Biomechanics: development of a biomaterial for soft tissue regeneration through mechanical analysis, chemical modification, and solid-fluid interactions modeling, and also developed a knee-strengthening rehabilitative device:
Operations Research and Data Analytics: create data-driven knowledge to aide decision-makers in systems improvement -- novel methods for robust analytics -- generate reliable information from real-world data. In the first stage of my PhD work, I developed novel methods for improving nanoHUB.org simulation community.
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