Poonam Josan is a PhD student in Bioastronautics in Texas A&M’s Aerospace Engineering department. Her research interests focus on human spaceflight and in particular, optimizing human performance in altered gravity environments. She is also interested in the design of habitat systems, planetary spacesuits and assistive wearable technologies for EVAs.
Poonam received a B.S in Aerospace Engineering from SRM University, India where her research was focused on designing and testing small aerospike rocket nozzles to enhance thrust efficiency of micro-propulsion devices. She graduated with an M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, where she studied the design of haptics infused planetary spacesuits as a countermeasure to altered vestibular functions in reduced gravity planetary operations.
Prior to TAMU, Ponam worked for start-ups in Southern California aerospace industry. She has also participated in analogue space missions in North Dakota and Poland both as a mission controller and as a crew member. During these 2-week isolation missions, she studied the effects of the absence of EVAs and sunlight on the crew’s mood and circadian rhythms.
Apart from space exploration, Poonam enjoys travelling, national parks, wilderness hiking, and learning about modern history.