For several years, gOE has conducted research for NASA studying team resilience and adaptation. As part of this effort we are studying saturation dive teams who work in dangerous confined conditions, similar to the conditions experienced by astronauts. In a previous effort for NASA, we examined the science of team composition and demonstrated how a team debriefing tool (DebriefNow) can boost team resilience and effectiveness during a mission.
In this new project we’ll be studying deep sea saturation dive teams. Like space crews, these dive teams live and work in tight quarters (a small pressurized chamber and diving bell for a month at a time) and perform a dangerous mission. They must be resilient and adaptable, so a great deal can be learned by studying them in action.
NPR interviewed John Mathieu, a frequent collaborator with gOE and a Distinguished Professor in the School of Business at UConn about the work we’ve done together.