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Dawn (Elliott) Martin, Ph.D.
Aerospace Engineer
Safety and Mission Assurance


Dawn (Elliott) Martin is an aerospace engineer in the Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) directorate at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. She has supported the Space Shuttle, and continues to support the International Space Station and Expendable Launch Vehicle Programs, giving technical advice on S&MA decisions. Her expertise has been sought on various center and agencywide boards and working groups. At the Langley Research Center, she conducted aviation research on airborne systems and has logged approximately 100 hours in the NASA B-757 flight simulator.

Her NASA tenure began at KSC as a flight systems engineer, and as the government's technical representative, she reviewed systems assurance analyses, failure modes and effects analyses, and supported design reviews for space shuttle systems. She served as a subject matter expert on the support equipment, logistics and facilities Integrated Product Teams (IPT) for the design and deployment of the International Space Station.

Earlier in her career, she worked as a safety and health specialist, where she developed safety programs for high hazard industries. She also performed safety inspections to verify compliance with OSHA statutes and participated in the promulgation of statutes.

Dr. Martin has taught engineering courses to graduate and undergraduate students, as well as math and science to middle and high school students. She is a competent toastmaster and has been an active member of the NASA Speakers Bureau. She is a recipient of two NASA Turning Goals into Reality Awards, one of NASA's highest technical team awards. She is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow and National Urban League Achievement Award recipient.

She is a certified single-engine pilot and earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida, a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in ergonomics/human factors from the University of Miami.

October 2011

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