Associate Director, Safety and Mission Assurance, NASA
Dr. Nigel Packham is the Associate Director of NASA Johnson Space Center’s Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. He also serves as the Manager for the Flight Safety Office in the same organization, which has responsibility for implementation of the Governance Model (Technical Authority) for all Human Spaceflight Programs.
Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chief of the Environmental Factors Branch of the Space Life Sciences Directorate, whose office had responsibility for the oversight of environmental quality (water, air, microbiological, radiation and acoustics) for all for all Human Spaceflight Programs.
He started his career at NASA in the Engineering Directorate working on Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Advanced Life Support Systems. In this position he also served as the Commander of a four-person crew that spent 91 days inside a 6-meter diameter chamber to demonstrate the capabilities of advanced systems for air, water and waste recovery for long-duration missions.
Dr. Packham holds a B.SC. in Chemistry and Biology from the Guildhall University and a Ph.D. in Physical Electrochemistry from Texas A&M University.