Erika B. Wagner
Erika Wagner is an interdisciplinary engineer with passions for human spaceflight and innovation. She currently serves as executive director of the X PRIZE Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), exploring the ways in which large incentive prizes can be used to revolutionize fields from global health to energy storage and deep-sea exploration to bionics. Prior to this adventure, she served as science director and program manager for the Mars Gravity Biosatellite, a multi-university initiative to investigate the effects of reduced gravity on mammalian physiology.
Wagner holds a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a master's from the department of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. Her PhD research at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program in bioastronautics investigated the effects of gravitational loading on skeletal physiology. Wagner is also a proud alumna of the International Space University.