NASA Asct. Chief Scientist
NASA Liaison with CME
Tara M Ruttley, PhD, is Associate Chief Scientist for Microgravity Research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Ruttley has been approved by NASA to serve officially as a liaison with CME for up to five years ending on July 18, 2026. This position does not imply any endorsement by NASA.
Dr. Ruttley will serve as a NASA representative to CME, presenting and discussing NASA’s views and interests on policy and program matters. She is unable to vote or otherwise participate in the internal business affairs of CME, including financial and personnel matters. Dr. Ruttley will not assume any fiduciary duties with respect to CME.
Dr. Ruttley is also Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston. She holds a BS in Biology, MS in Mechanical Engineering, MA in Anthropology-Archaeology, and PhD in Neuroscience.
Until 2007, she was lead hardware engineer for the ISS Health Maintenance System, leading a team of engineers whose job was to provide reliable medical equipment that kept astronauts healthy in orbit. She subsequently served as the lead hardware engineer for the ISS Human Research Facility. She served as an aquanaut on the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 6 (NEEMO 6) crew in July 2004.