While pursuing his PhD in biokinesiology at USC, Tim Macaulay’s studies focused on the adaptability of the human brain and body. Since then, Macaulay’s scientific pursuits have taken to the heavens and back, studying the impacts of space travel on the human body. While Macaulay is earthbound (for now), he wouldn’t rule out a trip to the stars.
Networking! I stayed in touch with a previous mentor who put me in contact with the right people at KBR/NASA.
My experiences at USC helped solidify a foundation of research and leadership skills that I have been able to apply and build upon.
We investigate how the effects of spaceflight on sensorimotor/vestibular function may pose a risk to astronaut performance and evaluate how countermeasures may reduce these risks.
Working with the crew members is definitely a cool, unique opportunity. We do testing with crew before and immediately after spaceflight and even help them conduct studies in-flight (remotely of course).
I found all of the BKN faculty to be extremely helpful and eager to provide guidance. So, reach out, ask questions and follow through!
Absolutely! Health risks have always been a concern, but now I think the perspective gained would be worth it. Plus, I would love the opportunity to test our countermeasures first-hand in-flight!