U.S. Navy/NASA
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
MSME ’88

“Dream Big!”

Scott D. Tingle is a member of the NASA Astronaut Corp and a commander in the United States Navy. He graduated from Purdue University with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, specializing in fluid mechanics and propulsion.

After graduating form Purdue, Tingle spent three years as a member of the technical staff at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. Since 1991, he has served as an officer in the United States Navy. He earned Wings of Gold in 1993 and in 1998 Tingle graduated from Navy Test Pilot School.

Tingle flew an impressive 54 combat missions in 1993, and in 1998 in Afghanistan and Iraq, recorded over 4000 flight hours in 53 different types of aircraft, and completed 750 carrier landing arrestments. His service record as an aviator is exemplary.

Commander Tingle was selected for the astronaut program in 2009 as part of NASA Astronaut Group 20. He graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training in 2011. His training included scientific and technical briefings, instruction in the operational systems of the International Space Station, physiological training, water and wilderness survival training, work in robotics, and T-38 jet flight instruction. As part of the space program, Tingle also worked in the Astronaut Office’s Exploration Branch, where he used mechanical engineering and technical experience to develop new space vehicle programs.

Tingle is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School Alumni Association, the Tailhook Association, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He has been recognized with many different awards and commendations, including three Air Medals for meritorious service and a Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V. He was awarded with four Navy Achievement Medals, five Navy Commendation Medals, and was recognized as an Outstanding Graduate and Sid Sherby Leadership Award recipient for United States Navy Test Pilot School Class 113 when he graduated in 1998.