Laurence Young was the founding Director of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the NAS and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Young joined the MIT faculty in 1962, and co-founded the Man-Vehicle Laboratory which does research on the visual and vestibular systems, visual-vestibular interaction, flight simulation, space motion sickness and manual control and displays. Following two years of training at Johnson Space Center he served as Alternate Payload Specialist during the October 1993 mission. Dr. Young has served on numerous Academy committees including the Committee on the Space Station, Committee on Human Factors, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and Air Force Studies Board. He currently chairs NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts External Council.

Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2006
Koetser Foundation Prize, 1998
NASA Space Acts Award, 1995
Institute of Medicine, 1992
National Academy of Engineering, 1980
Aerospace Medical Association
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dryden Lecturer in Research
Barany Society
Biomedical Engineering Society (President, ALZA Lecturer)
Explorers Club
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
International Academy of Astronautics
National Space Biomedical Research Institute Pioneer Award
Society for Neuroscience