Dr. Laurence Young
On December 3rd, 2013 Dr. Lawrence Young, MIT Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, was the keynote speaker.
Laurence R. Young is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the founding Director (1997-2001) of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
He directs the HST Ph.D. program in Bioastronautics. Dr. Young was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the NAS and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He received an A.B. from Amherst College in 1957; a Certificate in Applied Mathematics from the Sorbonne, Paris as a French Government Fellow in 1958; S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering and the Sc.D. degree in instrumentation from MIT, from 1957-1962. With respect to In-Space Operations, he was a Principal or Co-Investigator on 7 Shuttle Missions, conducting human orientation experiments. He also served as backup crew (Alternate Payload Specialist) on Spacelab Life Sciences-2 (STS-58), and on more NASA and National Academy committees than he would like to remember.