Senior NASA Human Factors Scientist to Address 2020 Mars Society Teleconvention

Dr. Tom Williams, Element Scientist for NASA’s Human Factors and Behavioral Performance division, will give a plenary talk during the 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 15-18.

Since 2015, Dr. Williams has directed a multi-disciplined team of NASA scientists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, focusing on human factors in the areas of habitability, mission processes and tasks, human automation robotic interactions, dynamic loads and training. The primary task of this team is to mitigate critical risks to human health and performance on long-duration space expeditions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Prior to this, Dr. Williams held positions at the U.S. Army War College for 13 years, serving as Director of Senior Leader Development and Resiliency as well as Director of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute.

Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in community/clinical psychology from Truman State University and strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

This year’s global Mars Society teleconvention will be free of charge (although donations are welcome). For full registration details, please click here. Regular updates, including a list of confirmed speakers, will be posted in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.