Jocelyn Dunn

Jocelyn Dunn

Ph.D. Candidate

Industrial Engineering

Sebring, Florida, USA


Location: GRIS
Email: dunn11 at purdue dot edu
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Researching the performance of human-integrated systems – analyzing human health and stress states during 8-month and 12-month simulated Mars missions – studying how to improve human health and performance on Earth and Mars alike.

Research Topic
  • Data Analytics, Wearable Devices, Biological Monitoring
  • Human Performance in Extreme Environments, Physiology and Psychology of Stress, Adverse Behavioral Conditions

2005-2009: Bachelors of Science, Aerospace Engineering. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
2009-2011: Masters of Science, Biomedical Engineering. Purdue University.
2011- in progress (exp May 2017): Ph.D., Industrial Engineering. Purdue University.

Work Experience

2014-2015 Chief Scientist for Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation – NASA /  University of Hawaii – simulated Mars Mission – Immersed in an isolated, confined, extreme (ICE) environment on simulated Mars, for 8-months, living and working in an off-grid dome habitat with limited resources on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii – Our crew of six astronaut-like individuals facilitated and contributed to NASA behavioral health and performance (BHP) research and opportunistic research with collaborating universities and tech companies.

2015: Research Apprenticeship with National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) working in the NASA Behavioral Health and Performance Lab on data management and research integration for the Human Exploration Research Analog environment at NASA Johnson Space Center conducting 30-60 day simulated missions to near-Earth asteroids.
  • Operations Research: create data-driven knowledge to aide decision-makers in systems improvement –
    develop novel methods for robust analytics – generate reliable information from real-world data (2011-current)
  • “Deductive Approach to Categorizing User Data from Nanotechnology Simulation Community.” INFORMS Service Science, Manuscript. Apr. 2014.
  • “Data-Driven Categorization for Maximum Separation and Anomaly Detection.” Proc. of INFORMS Data Mining II, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 2013.
  • “Optimizing a virtual community for Nanotechnology Research and Collaboration”. Proc. of INFORMS Quality, Statistics, and Reliability, Charlotte, NC, Nov. 2011.
  • Tissue Engineering and Biomechanics Modeling: developed biomaterial for tissue repair and regeneration
    through mechanical analysis, chemical modification, and solid-fluid interactions modeling (2009-2011)
  • “Compositions and Methods for Repair or Regeneration of Soft Tissue.” PATENT 65507.P1.US,  No.: US 2013/0123939. Pub. Date: 16 May 2013.
  • “Tissue Engineering of a Naturally-Derived Scaffold with Adjustable Mechanical Properties, Modified Surface Chemistry, and Interconnected Pores for the Regeneration of Vascularized Tissue.” Manuscript.
  • Product Development of NBA player’s knee rehabilitation device: Jonathan Bender suffered from a cartilage defect and invented a knee-strengthening apparatus – improved this design, manufactured
    several prototypes – completed biomechanics study of the effects of training with this device (2010)
  • “Biomechanical Analysis of a Sport -Specific Lower Limb Strengthening Device.” Human Motion Kinetics Textbook Chapter, ME 577 course.
  • Mathematical Physics: modeled universe formation and evolution with Einstein’s equations (2007-2009)
  • “Exact Plane Symmetric Cosmological Solutions for a Massless Scalar field and Cosmological Constant.” ArXiv General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, 21 Apr. 2009.
Something Interesting about me…

Grew up in Sebring, Florida – Fascinated with space exploration – Science enthusiast – STEM advocate – Enjoy working in teams – Avid golfer – yogi – connoisseur of Neapolitan-style pizza