National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

Nicole Passonno Stott
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:  Born in Albany, New York.  Her hometown is Clearwater, Florida.  She enjoys flying, snow skiing, SCUBA diving, woodworking, painting, and gardening.

EDUCATION:  Clearwater High School, Clearwater, Florida, 1980.
B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1987.
M.S., Engineering Management, University of Central Florida, 1992.

SPECIAL HONORS:  Aircraft Operations Division, Newt Myers Team Spirit Award, KSC Public Affairs Certificate of Appreciation for Service; NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal; NASA Certificates of Commendation; NASA Performance Awards; NASA On-the-Spot Award; Lockheed Certificate of Appreciation.

EXPERIENCE:  Ms. Stott began her career in 1987 as a structural design engineer with Pratt and Whitney Government Engines in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She spent a year with the Advanced Engines Group performing structural analyses of advanced jet engine component designs. 

Nicole Stott is an instrument rated private pilot.

NASA EXPERIENCE:  In 1988, Ms. Stott joined NASA at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida as an Operations Engineer in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF).  After 6 months, she was detailed to the Director of Shuttle Processing as part of a two-person team tasked with assessing the overall efficiency of Shuttle processing flows, and implementing tools for measuring the effectiveness of improvements.  She was the NASA KSC Lead for a joint Ames/KSC software project to develop intelligent scheduling tools.  The Ground Processing Scheduling System (GPSS) was developed as the technology demonstrator for this project.  GPSS was a success at KSC, and also a commercial success that is part of the PeopleSoft suite of software products.  During her time at KSC, Ms. Stott also held a variety of positions within NASA Shuttle Processing, including Vehicle Operations Engineer; NASA Convoy Commander; Shuttle Flow Director for Endeavour; and Orbiter Project Engineer for Columbia.  During her last two years at KSC, she was a member of the Space Station Hardware Integration Office and relocated to Huntington Beach, CA where she served as the NASA Project Lead for the ISS truss elements under construction at the Boeing Space Station facility.  In 1998, she joined the Johnson Space Center (JSC) team in Houston, TX as a member of the NASA Aircraft Operations Division, where she served as a Flight Simulation Engineer (FSE) on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).

Selected as a mission specialist by NASA in July 2000, Nicole reported for astronaut candidate training in August 2000.  Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, she was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch, where she performed crew evaluations of station payloads.  She also worked as a support astronaut for the Expedition 10 crew and as an ISS CAPCOM.  In April 2006 she was a crew member on the NEEMO 9 mission (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) where she lived and worked with a 6 person crew for 18 days on the Aquarius undersea research habitat.  Nicole is currently assigned to a long duration space flight as a member of the ISS Expeditions 20 and 21 crews.  She is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station with the crew of STS-128 and return with the crew of STS-129.

MARCH 2009

Nicole Passonno Stott

Astronaut and Engineer