Tara M. Ruttley
Tara M. Ruttley is an associate program scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Her current role consists of representing and communicating all research on the ISS, and supporting the ISS Chief Scientist’s research recommendations to NASA Headquarters. She pursued her B.S. degree in Biology and received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. In 2001, she began working for NASA as a biomedical engineer for the medical equipment and human research hardware used on the ISS. She then completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and joined the ISS office, where she’s played an active role in the science activities taking place on the ISS. Ruttley has authored publications ranging from hardware design to neurological science, and also holds a U.S. utility patent.