Justin Bautista leads the Wearable Electronics Application and Research Lab (WEAR Lab) at the NASA Johnson Space Center. The WEAR Lab is a unique environment in which engineering and human factors experts collaboratively work to address human spaceflight challenges via on-body systems. Their efforts focus on identifying, testing, and integrating off-the-shelf wearable tools where possible, and designing, building, testing, and delivering new wearable systems when required. The WEAR Lab is taking advantage of the International Space Station (ISS) as a laboratory to demonstrate technologies and support research that will enable human exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including the Moon and Mars.
Most recently, Justin led an interdisciplinary team from design to delivery, launch, and operation of a set of wearable sensors to monitor astronauts’ CO2 exposure on the ISS. The project leveraged an accelerated development process at the Johnson Space Center, delivering flight-certified hardware in just over one year. Justin earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Riverside in 2014.