Ginger Kerrick

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Ginger Kerrick is an American physicist at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.


Kerrick graduated from Hanks High School in El Paso, Texas.[1] For her college degree, she transferred from the University of Texas at El Paso[2] to get her Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in physics from Texas Tech University.[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.[2][1][8] She currently serves as Flight Director with NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.[5] There, she creates plans for scenarios of astronauts in space.[2] Kerrick is a member of the American Physical Society (APS).


  1. ^ a b "NM Museum of Space History: NASA's first woman Hispanic flight director to speak at museum".
  2. ^ a b c "Ginger Kerrick".
  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".
  5. ^ a b c "Women@NASA » Ginger Kerrick".
  6. ^ a b "Ginger Kerrick - Office of the Texas Governor - Greg Abbott".
  7. ^ Ginger, Kerrick,; Valerie, Paton,; Guy, Bailey,; Katie, Allen,; Bob, Smith, (2017-03-09). "All Things Texas Tech (February 2011)": 22–26.
  8. ^ 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