From Mercury to the ISS: The History of Space Food
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Dowdy, NASA – Johnson Space Center
Join Dr. Ryan Dowdy, International Space Station Food System Manager at NASA for a look into the creation and consumption of space food. Discover how the food astronauts eat in space is selected, packaged, and prepared by the team at the Space Food Systems Laboratory, how space food science has changed over time, and what challenges remain in the development and production of food that meets the needs and preferences of the astronauts of today and of the future.
About Our Speaker:
Ryan Dowdy, Ph.D., is the International Space Station Food System Manager at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is a data-driven and people-skilled manager who is passionate about creating a positive atmosphere for both employees and customers. From food service workers to astronauts, he manages the personnel, customer service, data analytics, government contracting, long-term business planning, logistics, and inventory management for the International Space Station’s food. His dream job is to send food into space, which is what he now does for a living.