Jocelyn Dunn grew up in Sebring, Florida surrounded by a rural landscape that was perfect for star-gazing and practicing golf. With the support of her family, teachers, and coaches, Jocelyn achieved her goal of receiving a college scholarship to play golf and study engineering. She moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2005 to become a student-athlete at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In 2009, Jocelyn graduated with honors from Embry-Riddle, earning a BS in Aerospace Engineering with minors in mathematics and human factors psychology.
As an undergraduate, Jocelyn began physics research with Professor Chris Vuille. This work encouraged her to pursue further research on the physiological challenges of human spaceflight, such as tissue damage occurring from space radiation. In 2009, Jocelyn moved to Indiana and began graduate studies in biomedical engineering at Purdue University. Her master’s thesis work with Professor Eric Nauman was toward the development of a patented biomaterial for repairing and replacing damaged soft tissues, such as liver tissue and blood vessels. Jocelyn earned a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue in 2011.
Currently, Jocelyn is a PhD candidate in Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering. Her dissertation work combines optimization and data analytics to generate reliable information from data. Her overall goal is to support decision-making and aide systems improvement. During the HI-SEAS mission, Jocelyn will monitor habitat systems data and develop analytics for optimizing crew schedules and mission performance.
Jocelyn has a passion for working at the interface of humans and technology and for presenting technical information in an engaging and understandable manner. She has organized numerous outreach activities for K12 students on topics ranging from renewable energy to robotics to orthopedics. Throughout the HI-SEAS mission, Jocelyn will be posting about her “Mars” experience at fivestarview.blogspot.com