an Explore Mars Event

May 16-18, 2023

The National Academy of Sciences Building

Washington D.C.

Erik Antonsen

NASA | Senior Technical Lead for Advanced Entry, Descent and Landing Vehicle Technology Development

Dr. Erik Antonsen is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine with a co-appointment as an Associate Professor of Space Medicine at the Center for Space Medicine, both at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas.  He received his BS (1997), MS (2001), and PhD (2004) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later his MD (2009) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He completed residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in 2013 and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.  From 2015 to 2018 he served as the Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capabilities in NASA’s Human Research Program. From 2018 to 2021 he served as the Assistant Director for Risk Management for the Human Health and Performance Directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center. There he was responsible for chairing the Human System Risk Board and working with human spaceflight programs to prioritize research and operational investments that protect human health and performance in space.  He practices clinically at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, TX.  Current research interests include space medicine, risk network analysis, AI in medicine, and space health systems design.