Nancy J. Currie-Gregg, Ph.D. (Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.)

Principal Engineer, NASA Engineering and Safety Center, Johnson Space Center


Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg is a Principal Engineer with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She has 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 serving 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, 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 has served in a variety of senior engineering and safety positions at NASA. As Senior Technical Assistant for the Automation, Robotics, and Simulation Division she was responsible for the development of human-robotic systems interfaces for advanced space systems. Following the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy in 2003, she led the Space Shuttle Program Safety and Mission Assurance Office assisting with NASA’s Return to Flight efforts. Prior to her assignment to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center, she served as Deputy Director of JSC’s Engineering Directorate.

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. She currently holds an academic appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University.

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