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Below you will find a listing of lab personnel and visiting scholars.

You will also find information about our Summer Internship program.

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Image of Dr. Erin Flynn-Evans   Erin Flynn-Evans, Ph.D., MPH
Fatigue Countermeasure Laboratory Director

Phone- (650) 279-3459
Email- erin.e.flynn-evans@nasa.gov

Dr. Flynn-Evans received a PhD in Health and Medical Science from the University of Surrey (Guildford, UK), with a focus in circadian physiology, and an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA), with a focus in biostatistics. She was awarded a pre- and post-doctoral fellowship from the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine training program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology and was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School prior to joining NASA.

Dr. Flynn-Evans' research involves investigating and deploying cutting-edge science and technology to manage and mitigate fatigue in spaceflight, aviation and other high-pressure occupations. Her approach involves conducting laboratory experiments to investigate the impact of interventions on sleep and circadian physiology and to evaluate new technologies. Once new intervention strategies and tools have been evaluated under controlled conditions, her team conducts field research to determine how new intervention approaches translate to operations. This combination of laboratory and field research allows her team to directly translate basic science findings into practical solutions for mitigating fatigue-related performance error in occupational cohorts.

Dr. Flynn-Evans has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has been an invited speaker at many national conferences and meetings. In 2016, she was awarded the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal.
 
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    Lucia Arsintescu, M.A.
Senior Research Associate

Phone- (650) 604-4653
Email- lucia.arsintescu-1@nasa.gov

Lucia Arsintescu (San Jose State University Foundation) is a Senior Research Associate. She received her medical degree from School of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania and her master degree in Experimental Psychology from San Jose State University, San Jose. She has been engaged in research investigating the performance effects of sleep deprivation in operational environments.
     
Image of Kevin Gregory   Kevin Gregory
Senior Research Associate

Phone- (650) 604-6441
Email- kevin.b.gregory@nasa.gov

Mr. Gregory is a senior research associate and analyst with the San Jose State University Research Foundation. Mr. Gregory recently returned to work at NASA after serving as a Senior Scientist and Vice President of Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm. Mr. Gregory has over 30 years of experience in data analysis, database management, and scientific research with an emphasis on sleep, circadian rhythms, and operational performance. He has particular interests in translating results into practical tools and knowledge for fatigue management and mitigation and improving operational safety. He has co-authored more than 20 scientific journal articles and technical reports and presented at industry meetings such as the Business Aviation Safety Seminar, Bombardier’s Safety Standdown, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.
     
Image of Patrick Cravalho   Patrick Cravalho, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Phone- (650) 604-1637
Email- patrick.f.cravalho@nasa.gov

Patrick Cravalho joined the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory as a research associate at the beginning of 2016. His primary research interests are attention, metacognition, and situation awareness of pilots and drivers. He had previously served as the recruitment coordinator for the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames Research Center and a research associate for the Airspace Operations Laboratory. In addition, Patrick collaborates with Peter Zaal on research investigating General Aviation Pilot cognition.
     
Image of Lily Wong   Lily Wong
Research Associate

Phone- (650) 604-5507
Email- lily.r.wong@nasa.gov

Lily Wong joined the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory in May 2016. She has a background in visual perception research and is currently in San Jose State University's Human Factors master's program. She is interested in pharmaceutical and clinical device development and leads efforts within the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory to investigate new medications and devices to mitigate fatigue.
     
Image of Nikhil Gowda   Nikhil Gowda
Research Associate

Email- nikhil.m.gowda@nasa.gov

Nikhil joined the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory in 2016. He is an expert in driving, human-automation interaction, and simulation. Nikhil graduated with a Automotive Engineering degree in India while building open-wheeled race cars for Formula SAE and a masters in Design Strategy in the US while working on HMI for cars of the future at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University. He also holds a position at Renault Innovation Silicon Valley working on Human Machine Interface and Interaction Research for Autonomous Vehicle. In my spare time, which I do manage to scrape out of a week, I love to hike, bike, cook, wine, dine, travel and work at staying in 'astronaut shape'. 
     
    Siera Martinez
Research Associate

Email- siera.b.martinez@nasa.gov

Siera Martinez joined the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory in June of 2015. She has contributed significantly to the Fatigue Countermeasures Group's project comparing biomathematical modeling programs. Her undergraduate background in science from the University of Pennsylvania is in the biological sciences, specifically in molecular and cellular neuroscience. Her interests in sleep research are variegated and include everything from hypnagogia to cetacean sleep processes.
     
    Nathan Feick
Research Associate

Email- nathan.h.feick@nasa.gov

Nathan Feick joined the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory in December of 2015 as an interning master's student at San Jose State University. He brings prior medical experience in addition to his Human Factors background. Nathan leads work on developing and evaluating tests of cognitive function in the Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory.
     
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Image of Theerawit Wilaiprasitporn   Theerawit Wilaiprasitporn
Visiting Scholar


Theerawit received a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2013 and received a Masters degree in Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 2015. He is presently at the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Environmental Informatics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. His research interests include signal/information processing, especially for recognition of human activities. He has experience with Electrooculography (EOG) and Electroencephalography (EEG) in regards to human computer interfaces.
     
Image of Yukiyo Kuriyagawa   Yukiyo Kuriyagawa, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar


Yukiyo Kuriyagawa is a visiting scholar and associate professor at Nihon University currently on sabbatical. She earned a PhD in engineering from Nihon University in 2002. Yukiyo Kuriyagawa's research background has focused on driver monitoring, human machine interfaces, advanced driving assistant systems, and self-driving cars.
     
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The Fatigue Countermeasures Laboratory provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in a variety of research projects. These summer internships last 10-12 weeks beginning in June and ending in August. Interns learn about sleep and circadian physiology, as well as basic research methods, including study design, subject recruitment, data collection, and basic analysis. Some internships involve learning complex tasks, such as collection of EEG or biospecimen data or learning complex analytical techniques using statistics programs such as SAS and Matlab. During the summer, interns have the opportunity to attend a lecture series on a diverse set of topics related to spaceflight and aviation. Each intern identifies a personal project for the summer and develops an abstract summarizing the results of the project. The internship culminates in a poster session at NASA.

> Check out our summer interns and their projects!


Summer internships are typically funded by an intern’s institution; however, a limited number of competitive internships have been granted by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (http://nsbri.org/for-students/graduates-undergraduates/).

Interested interns who have funding from their institution should contact Dr. Flynn-Evans to determine availability of internships. Following this discussion, interns must apply for a position through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) program @ https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/main/.
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Last Updated: January 9, 2018