“A Glimpse Into Human Spaceflight”
Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg spent the vast portion of her military and government career supporting NASA’s human spaceflight programs and projects. Selected as an astronaut in 1990, she accrued 1000 hours in space as a mission specialist on four space shuttle missions–STS-57 in 1993; STS-70 in 1995; STS-88, the first International Space Station assembly mission, in 1998; and STS-109, the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, in 2002. A Master Army Aviator and member of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, she logged over 4,000 flying hours in a variety of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. Following a 15-year tenure in the U.S. Astronaut Corps, she retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Colonel and served in a variety of senior engineering and safety positions at NASA. Following the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, she led the Space Shuttle Program Safety and Mission Assurance Office. For the past ten years, she was a senior executive member of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, first as Chief Engineer at the Johnson Space Center and then as Principal Engineer.Dr. Currie-Gregg received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from The Ohio State University, a master of science in safety engineering from University of Southern California, and a doctorate in industrial engineering with an emphasis in human factors engineering and automated systems from University of Houston. In the fall of 2017, she joined Texas A&M University as a Professor of Engineering Practice in Industrial and Systems Engineering, pursuing her long-time passion for educating and mentoring future engineering leaders.