• Professor of Engineering Practice
Nancy Currie-Gregg

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Specialization in Human Factors Engineering, Automated Systems, Artificial Intelligence; University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1997
  • M.S., Safety Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1985
  • B.S., Honors in Biological Sciences (Interdisciplinary), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1980

Research Interests

  • Dr. Currie-Gregg’s research interests are in human-robot interaction, spacecraft occupant protection, systems safety engineering, and human systems integration. She teaches courses in human factors engineering and ergonomics, systems engineering, and systems safety engineering and risk management.


    • Selected as an astronaut at NASA in 1990
    • Principal engineer in the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) 
    • Served as a mission specialist on four Space Shuttle missions and accrued 1,000 hours in space
    • 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
    • Retired United States Army colonel and master Army aviator
    • Logged over 4,000 flying hours in a variety of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft

Industry Experience

  • • 35 years of government and military experience
    • NASA astronaut with over 1,000 hours in space during four Space Shuttle missions
    • Served in senior engineering positions at NASA, including Deputy Director of Engineering, Chief Engineer, Principal Engineer, and Member of the US Senior Executive Service
    • led the Space Shuttle Program Safety and Mission Assurance Office directing safety, reliability, and quality assurance efforts enabling the safe return to flight of the Space Shuttle

Awards & Honors

  • United States Government Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Senior Professional (2015)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1998, 2012)
  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2005)
  • NASA Quality and Safety Achievement Recognition Award (2005)
  • NASA Distinguished Service Medal (2003)
  • The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)
  • Army Aviation Association of America Hall of Fame (2010)
  • University of Houston, Industrial Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)
  • The Ohio State University Distinguished Alumni Award (2000)

Selected Publications

  • Currie-Gregg, N. & Carney, K. (in press). Development of a human vibration finite element model for use in spacecraft coupled loads analysis. Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, Special issue on Evaluation and Attenuation of Negative Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Human Body.
  • Currie-Gregg, N.J. & Lawrence, C. (2017). Analysis of Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) Response for Proposed Orion Crew Impact Attenuation System (NASA/TM-2017-219657, Vols. 1-6). Hampton, VA: NASA Langley Research Center.
  • Currie-Gregg N.J., Lawrence C., Somers J. (2017). Occupant Protection Modeling and Injury Prediction for NASA Human Exploration Spacecraft. In D. Cassenti (Ed.), Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (Vol. 591, pp. 195-206). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60591-3_18
  • Fong, T., Rochlis, J., Currie, N., Mishkin, A., and Akin, D. (2013). Space telerobotics: Unique challenges to human-robot collaboration in space. In D. B. Kaber (Ed.), Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics (Vol. 9, pp. 6-56). Santa Monica, CA: HFES. https://doi.org/10.1177/1557234X13510679.
  • Jeon, W., Clamann, M., Kaber, D. B., & Currie, N. J. (2013). Assessing goal-directed three-dimensional movements in a virtual reality block design task. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Manchester, United Kingdom: IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/SMC.2013.637