Dr. Susan (Sue) M. Jay is a native of Waterloo, Iowa. She earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa, a M.S. in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology/neuromuscular physiology and statistics/research design, from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as an Adjunct Professor/Research Associate for the University of Texas at Austin before entering the Navy.
Dr. Jay served over 21 years in the Navy Medical Service Corps as a Radiation Health Officer and Naval Aerospace Operational Physiologist. She served in a variety of shipboard, clinic, and operational tours with the Navy and Marine Corps.
Dr. Jay has over 15 years’ experience as an aerospace physiologist, aviation safety officer, and aircraft accident investigator with tactical jet and rotary wing flight experience. She served as the Director, Aviation Survival Training Center, Jacksonville, FL - providing operationally relevant aviation physiology and water survival training to Fleet aviators. Her operational tours include Marine Aircraft Group 31, Beaufort, SC; serving as the aeromedical safety officer for all of Marine Corps Reserve Aviation at Fourth Marine Air Wing, New Orleans, LA; and serving as the Safety Officer / Aeromedical Safety Officer for the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center in Fallon, NV, home of the Navy’s TOP GUN, SEAWOLF, and HAVOC Weapons Schools and naval aviation’s premier air wing training site. In 2016, she reported to Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in San Diego, CA where she served as the Force Physiologist and Aeromedical Safety Officer until her retirement from active duty naval service in August 2018 with the rank of Commander (CDR).
Dr. Jay accepted a position with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October, 2018 and currently works as a Research Physiologist and Team Lead for Aerospace and Environmental Physiology at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The team conducts research on environmental factors that may influence human performance, physiology, safety and health in aerospace environments such as hypoxia, cabin air quality, and medications at altitude. The team also develops test procedures to assess environmental hazards and the adequacy of life support systems, medical devices, and other equipment at altitude.