Dr. Nancy J. Currie currently serves as a Principal Engineer in the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC). She previously served as the NESC Chief Engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). She was first assigned to JSC as a flight simulation engineer in 1987. Selected as an astronaut in 1990, Currie is a veteran of four space shuttle missions and has accrued 1000 hours in space. She was a Mission Specialist and Flight Engineer on 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. She has also served as chief of the Astronaut Office Robotics and Payloads-Habitability branches, chief of JSC's Habitability and Human Factors Office, and Senior Technical Assistant in JSC's Automation, Robotics, and Simulation Division. Following the Columbia tragedy in 2003, she was selected to lead the Space Shuttle Program Safety and Mission Assurance Office assisting with NASA's Return to Flight efforts. Until her initial assignment to the NESC, Dr. Currie served as Deputy Director of JSC's Engineering Directorate. A retired United States Army Colonel and Master Army Aviator, she has logged over 4,000 flying hours in a variety of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft.
Dr. Currie received a bachelor's degree, with honors, in biological science from The Ohio State University in 1980, a master of science degree in safety engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985, and a doctorate in industrial engineering with an emphasis in automated systems and human factors engineering from the University of Houston in 1997. Currie has used her expertise in space robotic systems operations to contribute to the development and analysis of human-robotic systems interfaces for advanced space systems and is the author or co-author of 11 technical journal articles in human factors engineering and robotics. She concurrently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University.