Curriculum Vitea of Frances Mount
1993 University of Houston - PhD. Cognitive Psychology
1988 University of Houston - MA Cognitive Psychology
1975 University of Houston - BS Psychology
1974 University of Houston - BS Mathematics
1969 East Los Angeles Junior College - AA Mathematics
2005-present - Private Consulting
2002-2005 - National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)/Baylor College of Medicine: Consultant to NASA-Johnson Space Center Life Sciences Directorate
1985-2001 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Aerospace Engineer, NASA-Johnson Space Center
1983-1985 Lockheed Corporation: Scientist/Engineer
1980-1983 University of Houston, full-time student
1974-1980 Lockheed Corporation: Systems Analyst
Dr. Mount had extensive involvement in tasks covering Space Station Freedom (SSF), SpaceHab, Shuttle and also independent research in human factors related to spaceflight and to extreme and hermetic habitation. Under Space Station Freedom she served as subsystem manager for on-orbit maintenance and was the Division representative for space station viewing / window systems. During the planning and design years of Space Station Freedom Dr. Mount interacted continuously with representatives of the European Space Agency (ESA), Nippon Aerospace Development Agency (NASDA, now JAXA) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to determine requirements, problems and areas of commonality in the topics of windows/viewing/maintenance and general human factors. Additionally, Dr. Mount worked with a NASA team to determine the optimum overall layout for the SSF habitation module.
As Subsystem Manager for SSF Crew Quarters, Dr. Mount developed early designs and concepts for the individual crew quarters and also spearheaded the development of programmatic requirements for this subsystem. She served a term as manager of the NASA-JSC Graphics Analysis Facility (GRAF), and helped to create the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL) and the Workstation Evaluation and Ergonomics Laboratory (WEEL), now operating jointly as the Usability Test and Analysis Facility (UTAF).
Dr. Mount was Principal Investigator (PI) for DSO-904, Assessment of Human Factors, which was added to the FTSOD in 1991 to investigate Human Factors issues in a microgravity environment. This low-cost, low-maintenance project flew on nine (9) Shuttle flights with the goal of determining factors affecting crew timelines and productivity while on orbit and of comparing these observations with a 1-G control simulation. Collection of in-flight commentary included voice recording, video and questionnaire-based data tools; DSO-904 was last manifested under Dr. Mounts direction on STS-88 and STS-90.
During the last year of Dr. Mounts NASA civil service employment, she supported advanced Robotics development in the Engineering Directorate (ER) on a project to write and test electronic procedures and data tracking for flight medical teams including Bio-Medical Engineers.