Dr. Erika Wagner joined the X PRIZE Foundation as founding Executive Director of the X PRIZE Lab @ MIT, where she developed the X PRIZE Grand Challenges course and a cross-disciplinary research program in prize theory. Now, as Senior Director of Exploration Prize Development, Dr. Wagner has returned to her engineering roots, leading the design of new X PRIZEs and X CHALLENGEs in the areas of space, oceans and advanced transportation. She continues to teach at the X PRIZE Lab@UW, where she holds an appointment in the Evans School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining X PRIZE, Dr. Wagner served at MIT as Science Director and Executive Director of the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program, a multi-university spacecraft development initiative to investigate the physiological effects of reduced gravity. Her interdisciplinary academic background includes a bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, and a PhD in Bioastronautics from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
Senior Director, Exploration Prize Development, X PRIZE Foundation