Dr. Tamara Jernigan

Tamara Jernigan

Dr. Tamara "Tammy" Jernigan, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) – Dr. Jernigan is a former NASA astronaut and currently serves as Deputy Principal Associate Director in the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) organization at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Jernigan earned a B.S. degree in physics in 1981 and an M.S. degree in engineering science in 1983 from Stanford University. She then transferred to UC Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in computational astrophysics. Her research focused on the modeling of high-velocity outflows in regions of star formation, gamma-ray bursters, and the study of radiation produced by interstellar shock waves. In 1985, she was selected as a NASA astronaut and subsequently completed her Ph.D. in Space Physics at Rice University while training for the Space Shuttle program.

Between 1991 and 1999, Dr. Jernigan flew on five Space Shuttle missions and logged 1512 hours in space. During her last mission, she performed an extra-vehicular activity, or spacewalk, for approximately eight hours. In addition to her space flight experience, Dr. Jernigan held numerous management positions as an astronaut. She has served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office, assisting with the management of both military and civilian astronauts and support personnel and as Deputy for the Space Station program where she developed and advocated Astronaut Office positions on the design and operation of the International Space Station. She also represented NASA management on the U.S. negotiating team in Moscow during technical interchange meetings designed to resolve crew training, crew rotation, and operational issues. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. In October of 2001, Dr. Jernigan joined LLNL, where she has served as the Principal Deputy Associate Director for the Physics and Advanced Technologies Directorate.

Dr. Jernigan is a former member of the National Academy Space Studies Board and is a current member of the Naval Studies Board.