Dr. Harvey Wichman

Professor Harvey Wichman received his B. A. and M. A. degrees from California State University, Long Beach and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Claremont Graduate University. He was a member of the founding faculties of both Delta College in Michigan and California State University in San Bernardino. He is Professor Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) and Claremont Graduate University. He is currently Director of CMC's Aerospace Psychology Laboratory. Trained in both neuroscience and social psychology, he conducts research on the effects of working and living in severe environments. As a Fellow of the American Council on Education he spent a year at the National Institutes of Health. As a Sloan Foundation Fellow he worked for a year on the design of the International Space Station with Rockwell International. He is the author of the book Human Factors in the Design of Spacecraft, and has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Space Life Sciences, Human Factors, and Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. In addition to work with NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Professor Wichman's space research has involved designing passenger compartments for civilian space flight on re-useable McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (now Boeing Aerospace) rockets for both orbital and sub-orbital flights. Most recently the same design activities are being conducted for the new two-stage Universal Space Lines rocket called the Space Clipper. The CMC Aerospace Psychology Laboratory has conducted research in simulated space flights and is currently developing a space flight simulator for the space museum at Alamogordo, New Mexico. In the field of aviation, Professor Wichman studies passenger misbehavior aboard airliners (he holds commercial pilot multi-engine, flight instructor and instrument flight instructor ratings). In social psychology he studies the variables associated with forgiveness.

Broadcast 455 (Special Edition)

Dr. Harvey Wichman was the guest for this special Space Show program. As Dr. Wichman is an expert in human factors for space travel, suborbital as well as orbital, plus since he is the director of the Aerospace Psychology Lab at Claremont McKenna College having done various human experiments simulating space flight and cabin condition, we spent a significant amount of time discussing the wide range of factors that can and do impact people in space. Dr. Wichman was superb at breaking down what factors concern suborbital, orbital, and long term space flight.

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