Ginger Kerrick

Ginger Kerrick is an American physicist at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. She is the first Hispanic female to be Flight Director at NASA.[1]

Ginger Kerrick
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Born
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University
Alma materTexas Tech University (B.S. 1991) Texas Tech University (M.S. 1993)
Known forFirst female Hispanic Flight Director at NASA
Home townEl Paso, Texas
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics
InstitutionsJohnson Space Center
ThesisInfrared deep level transient spectroscopy (1993)


Education[edit]

Kerrick graduated second in her class from Hanks High School in El Paso, Texas and was named El Paso Female Athlete of the Year.[1][2] She started her college degree at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she walked onto their women's basketball team.[2] During the first game of the season, she blew out her knee, ending her basketball career.[2] She then transferred to Texas Tech University to get her Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in physics.[3] Her 1993 master's thesis was entitled Infrared deep level transient spectroscopy.[4]

NASA career[edit]

Kerrick was a summer intern at NASA in 1991, which led to first a co-op position and then full time employment as a materials research engineer with NASA in May, 1994.[5][6] Kerrick interviewed for the astronaut program, but was disqualified for kidney stones.[7] She became the first non-astronaut Capsule Communicator (Capcom),[5] first Russian-training-integration instructor,[6] and the first Hispanic female NASA Flight Director in 2005.[8][1][9] She served as Flight Director with NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center from 2005 to 2012.[10][11] There, she created plans for scenarios of astronauts in space which assisted ISS and shuttle operations, making her a dual-certified Flight Director.[8][5] She currently is the Division Chief of the Flight Integration Division in FOD (Flight Operations Directorate) since August of 2016.[10] Kerrick is a member of the American Physical Society (APS).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "NM Museum of Space History: NASA's first woman Hispanic flight director to speak at museum". freep.com.
  2. ^ a b c GreatMindsInSTEM. "Ginger Kerrick". www.greatmindsinstem.org. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  3. ^ Bailey, Crystal. "Physics Careers: To the Bachelor's Degree and Beyond" (PDF). American Physical Society.
  4. ^ Ginger, Kerrick (1 December 1993). "Infrared deep level transient spectroscopy". hdl:2346/60914. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ a b c "[email protected] » Ginger Kerrick". women.nasa.gov.
  6. ^ a b "Ginger Kerrick - Office of the Texas Governor - Greg Abbott". gov.texas.gov.
  7. ^ Ginger, Kerrick; Valerie, Paton; Guy, Bailey; Katie, Allen; Bob, Smith (2017-03-09). "All Things Texas Tech (February 2011)": 22–26. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ a b "Ginger Kerrick". www.aps.org.
  9. ^ American Physical Society, Joint Fall 2012 Meeting of the Texas Sections of the APS, AAPT, and Zone 13 of the SPS, October 25–27, 2012, abstract #H1.002
  10. ^ a b "November 2018 – NCURA Region V". Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  11. ^ "SPS Public Lecture in Physics: NASA Flight Director Ginger Kerrick". www.tlu.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-17.