Alumnus chosen for astronaut training

Author: Emil Venere
A Purdue mechanical engineering alumnus is one of nine astronaut candidates selected by NASA this year out of more than 3,500 applicants, the space agency announced.

Scott TingleScott Tingle (MSME ’88) of Hollywood, Maryland, began training in August at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The training takes about two years to complete, says NASA spokesperson Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters.

The 43-year-old Tingle specialized in fluid mechanics and propulsion while working toward his master’s degree at Purdue. He is a commander in the U.S. Navy and will become the 23rd Purdue graduate to become an astronaut if he completes the training.

Tingle has accumulated more than 3,100 flight hours in 48 types of aircraft, including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. His decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals to include a Combat V, four Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit commendations.