Thesis Proposal by Travis Nelson on Sept. 24th
Space Studies master’s student, Travis Nelson, will give his thesis proposal presentation as follows. All Space Studies students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. All department funded students are expected to attend.
When: Wednesday, September 24th at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: Stress Assessment for 30 Day Lunar and Martian Planetary Habitation Analog
About the topic: Historically, the main causes of impaired astronaut performance due to stress and anxiety in space are high workloads, fatigue, adapting to environmental change, mission uncertainty, isolation and confinement in small habitable volumes. Travis Nelson’s proposed thesis research will include examining stress levels of three crew participants during the thirty day Lunar/Martian Analog Habitat mission set to take place at UND in early October, 2014. The aim of the study will be to evaluate the crew members by administering several metrics before and during the mission in order to collect valuable quantitative and qualitative data collection associated with the above mentioned stressors astronauts often experience in space. The infrastructure being used for this study consists of a habitat living module, electric planetary rover and 2 accompanying space suits. This research is expected to gain valuable data collection that could benefit new focuses of crew training, selection methodology, and in-flight stress mitigation in order to further develop the safety, performance and well-being of astronauts as we move further into the solar system.
About the presenter: Travis Nelson is from Devils Lake, ND, has his B.S. Psychology from UND with an experimental research emphasis, was a member of the UND undergraduate honors program, and is currently completing his final semester of the M.S. Space Studies program with a human factors emphasis under his committee members Dr. Vadim Rygalov, Dr. Pablo de León and Dr. Gloria Leon. His interests apart from graduate education and human factors in space include amateur rocketry, amateur astronomy, cosmology, and numerous outdoor activities such as mountain snowmobiling, boating and flying.