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Ana Diaz Artiles

  • Ana Diaz Artiles
  • Dept: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Title: Research Associate and Lecturer
  • Address: 463 Upson Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-3249
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Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles is a lecturer and research associate at Cornell University. Her interests focus on human spaceflight and space system engineering, particularly on aerospace biomedical engineering, extravehicular activity and artificial gravity. She received her Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015, where she studied artificial gravity combined with exercise as a countermeasure to spaceflight-related physiological deconditioning. Prior to MIT, Ana worked for five years in Kourou (French Guiana) as a member of the Ariane 5 Launch team. In particular, she worked as a specialist in operations concerning the Ariane 5 upper stage (both cryogenic and storable) and ground systems. Dr. Diaz Artiles has a background in aeronautical engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), and SUPAERO in Toulouse (France). She is a 2011 Fulbright fellow, and a 2014 Amelia Earhart Fellowship recipient.

Research Interests

Dr. Diaz Artiles' research focuses on the human component of spaceflight, with strong emphasis on the biomedical and human factors aspects of space exploration. Her research interests include exercise physiology, cardiovascular modeling, artificial gravity, sensorimotor adaptation, human performance, human health countermeasures, extravehicular activity, biomechanics, and space mission design.

In particular, Dr. Diaz Artiles developed both experimental and computational approaches to study artificial gravity combined with exercise as a future countermeasure for human deconditioning in space.

Teaching Interests

Aerospace biomedical engineering, computational physiology, human factors engineering, systems engineering, and research methods and statistics.

Selected Publications

  • Diaz Artiles, Ana, C. Trigg, L R Young. 2015. "Combining ergometer exercise and artificial gravity in a compact-radius centrifuge." Acta Astronautica 113: 80-88.
  • Diaz Artiles, Ana, D. J. Newman. 2014. "Musculoskeletal Human-Spacesuit Interaction Model." Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference.
  • Anderson, A., Ana Diaz Artiles, M. Kracik, G. Trotti, J. Hoffman, D. J. Newman. 2012. "Developing a Spacesuit Injury Countermeasure System for Extravehicular Activity: Modeling and Analysis." Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference of Environmental Systems.
  • Diaz Artiles, Ana, C. Trigg, H. Jethani, S. Tritchler, D. Newman. 2016. "Physiological and comfort assessment of the gravity loading countermeasure skinsuit during exercise." Paper presented at 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference
  • Berg, E.W., Ana Diaz Artiles. "Exercise in Altered-Gravity for Increased Health during Space Exploration". 2017 NASA Human Research Program Investigators' Workshop Houston TX.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship (Zonta International) 2014
  • MIT-France Fellowship (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) 2014
  • IAAA Best Paper Award (Environmental Systems) 2012
  • Fulbright Fellowship (MIT) 2011
  • Erasmus Fellowship (SUPAERO) 2003



  • M. Sc. (Aeronautical Engineering), ETSIA UPM, 2006
  • Ph D (Aeronautics & Astronautics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015