Akshay Kothakonda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working at MIT's Human Systems Laboratory, his research involves development of the MIT BioSuitTM, an advanced spacesuit concept that functions on the principle of mechanical counter pressure of a tensioned fabric on the skin. The goal behind this effort is enhancing astronaut mobility on planetary surfaces of Moon and Mars. His work focuses on investigating novel polymers and textiles that would enable application of required pressure, enable suit don/doff, and minimize mechanical work in joint movements. His work is under advisement of Professor Dava Newman.
Akshay earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune (India) and Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from University of Southern California. His research interests include spacesuits, Extravehicular Activity, and human spaceflight operations.