Dr. Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in microgravity, and also completed scientist-astronaut training with Project PoSSUM. In 2015, she was chair and curator of the first-ever International Space Development Conference LaunchPad session, and will be reprising this role for ISDC16. She has previously conducted space medical research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the European Space Agency’s European Astronaut Center, as well as authored a book chapter on space spin-off technologies benefiting terrestrial medicine. In everyday life, she is a physician, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and university lecturer on technology and innovation. Dr. Pandya’s personal interests include Taekwon-do, Muay Thai kickboxing, piano and working towards her private pilot’s license.