Discipline Lead Biography

Jack Stuster

Jack Stuster is a Vice President and Principal Scientist at Anacapa Sciences, Inc., a human factors and applied behavioral sciences research firm, located in Santa Barbara, California.

Dr. Stuster received a bachelor's degree in experimental psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and masters and PhD degrees in anthropology from the same institution.

Dr. Stuster is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), specializing in the measurement and enhancement of human performance in extreme environments. In addition to his work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), Dr. Stuster has analyzed the tasks performed by US Navy SEALs, explosive ordnance disposal technicians, the crews of high-speed hovercraft, maintenance personnel, and military leaders. Also, he has directed several full-mission simulations involving military personnel confined and isolated to remote-duty habitats for extended durations. The results of Dr. Stuster's research are used to design equipment and procedures to facilitate task performance under unusual environmental conditions. He also conducts traffic safety research and instructs law enforcement and national security personnel in the use of advanced techniques for the analysis of criminal intelligence.

Dr. Stuster's work for NASA has included a study of space shuttle (orbiter) refurbishing procedures and studies of conditions on Earth that are analogous to space missions. He presently is conducting analyses of journals maintained by the leaders and physicians at French remote duty stations in the Antarctic and on small islands in the South Indian Ocean. He has developed design and procedural recommendations to enhance the habitability of the International Space Station, future space craft, and planetary facilities. Dr. Stuster recently completed a study of Antarctic winter-over experiences, and expeditions and voyages of discovery, which is documented in his book, Bold Endeavors: Lessons From Polar and Space Exploration, published by the Naval Institute Press. Bold Endeavors was selected as one of the Outstanding Academic Books of the Year by the American Library Association.

To contact Dr. Stuster, e-mail [email protected].