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Tara Ruttley

Aquanaut & Associate Chief Scientist for Microgravity Research at NASA Headquarters

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 Tara Ruttley Biography

Tara Ruttley, Ph.D., is currently the associate chief scientist for Microgravity Research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Her role consists of representing and communicating the biological and physical science research that’s happening on Low Earth Orbit platforms such as the International Space Station, and supporting NASA’s Chief Scientist in developing research recommendations for the agency as NASA plans to return humans to the moon.

Combining her love for biology and human spaceflight, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University. Upon completion of her master's degree, she began her career at NASA at the Johnson Space Center in 2001, where she was hired as a biomedical engineer for the medical equipment and human research hardware used on the ISS. While working as an engineer, she concurrently pursued her Ph.D. in neuroscience and then joined the ISS Program Science Office, where she spent over a decade playing an active role in managing, evaluating, and communicating ISS science activities before moving to NASA Headquarters in 2019.

Ruttley has diverse academic interests, having recently completed a master's degree in anthropology-archaeology from the University of Houston, where her research was on the role of religion in slavery and social control on U.S. plantations prior to the Civil War.

Ruttley has authored publications ranging from hardware design to neurological science and holds a U.S. utility patent.

Ruttley is a dynamic, down-to-earth, relatable speaker, and someone who is just fun to talk with. She has over a decade of experience in media appearances and has given light-hearted, informative, leadership-driven, and motivational keynotes to audiences ranging from undergraduates to career scientists and industry corporate professionals.

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Research in Space:  Facilities on the International Space Station

Research in Space: Facilities on the International Space Station

Speaking Topics
  • Beyond the Routine Keynote Speaker

    What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done? Most courageous? Most memorable? Our brains are literally rewired for the better when we try new experiences. This makes it easier for us to adapt to change and build resiliency. We are Everyday People: parents, leaders, executives, teachers, professionals, learners, introverts, and extroverts. And we all have our daily routines that work (and sometimes they just don’t!). Tara’s got stories to tell (and no, she’s never jumped out of an airplane!) and opportunities to share that will motivate you to get out and do something new, big or small, beyond your daily routine. Realize your full potential when you grow through nw experiences! You can also connect on her Facebook page and encourage each other to try new or exciting things. Maybe she will join you!

  • Student Motivation Keynote Speaker

    Tara grew up in southern Louisiana and was the first in her family to graduate college. As an undergraduate, she stumbled upon the McNair Scholar program, who took her in and motivated her to complete her graduate degrees. Now she enjoys speaking to university students who are looking for someone who can motivate them to push through the adversity, obtain that degree and land that dream career. Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year is going to come no matter what! What will that look like for you?

  • Science Communication

    Science is hotter than ever these days! It’s controversial, cultural, relevant, and the basis of a functional democratic society. But none of this matters if you’re speaking science-y jargon to the folks who really do want to care and want to do something with your results! Climate change, genetics, food production, health…the public wants to learn and take action but sometimes you’re just confusing them. Learn the importance of becoming a relevant story teller so that your research can impact your stakeholders: the general public, your investors/funding reviewers, congress, the media, and your grandmother! Tara has a decade of experience in speaking to audiences on complicated science topics, and has learned relevant tactics to share with her fellow science colleagues to help them lose the "so what?" gaze during conversation.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Tara Ruttley?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tara Ruttley for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Tara Ruttley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tara Ruttley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Tara Ruttley?

    Booking fees for Tara Ruttley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tara Ruttley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Tara Ruttley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tara Ruttley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tara Ruttley for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tara Ruttley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tara Ruttley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Tara Ruttley

Aquanaut & Associate Chief Scientist for Microgravity Research at NASA Headquarters

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Live Event: $5,000 - $10,000  
Virtual Event: $5,000 - $10,000

Tara Ruttley Biography

Tara Ruttley, Ph.D., is currently the associate chief scientist for Microgravity Research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Her role consists of representing and communicating the biological and physical science research that’s happening on Low Earth Orbit platforms such as the International Space Station, and supporting NASA’s Chief Scientist in developing research recommendations for the agency as NASA plans to return humans to the moon.

Combining her love for biology and human spaceflight, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University. Upon completion of her master's degree, she began her career at NASA at the Johnson Space Center in 2001, where she was hired as a biomedical engineer for the medical equipment and human research hardware used on the ISS. While working as an engineer, she concurrently pursued her Ph.D. in neuroscience and then joined the ISS Program Science Office, where she spent over a decade playing an active role in managing, evaluating, and communicating ISS science activities before moving to NASA Headquarters in 2019.

Ruttley has diverse academic interests, having recently completed a master's degree in anthropology-archaeology from the University of Houston, where her research was on the role of religion in slavery and social control on U.S. plantations prior to the Civil War.

Ruttley has authored publications ranging from hardware design to neurological science and holds a U.S. utility patent.

Ruttley is a dynamic, down-to-earth, relatable speaker, and someone who is just fun to talk with. She has over a decade of experience in media appearances and has given light-hearted, informative, leadership-driven, and motivational keynotes to audiences ranging from undergraduates to career scientists and industry corporate professionals.

Tara Ruttley Videos

  • Aspire To Inspire: Women in Science
  • Women in STEM: STEM in the Global Science Community
  • Space Apps NYC 2015 - Tara Ruttley - Hacking Away at Gravity on ...
    May 7, 2015 ... Your browser can't play this video. Learn more. Switch camera. Share. Include playlist. An error occurred while retrieving sharing...

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Tara Ruttley Speaking Topics

  • Beyond the Routine Keynote Speaker

    What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done? Most courageous? Most memorable? Our brains are literally rewired for the better when we try new experiences. This makes it easier for us to adapt to change and build resiliency. We are Everyday People: parents, leaders, executives, teachers, professionals, learners, introverts, and extroverts. And we all have our daily routines that work (and sometimes they just don’t!). Tara’s got stories to tell (and no, she’s never jumped out of an airplane!) and opportunities to share that will motivate you to get out and do something new, big or small, beyond your daily routine. Realize your full potential when you grow through nw experiences! You can also connect on her Facebook page and encourage each other to try new or exciting things. Maybe she will join you!

  • Student Motivation Keynote Speaker

    Tara grew up in southern Louisiana and was the first in her family to graduate college. As an undergraduate, she stumbled upon the McNair Scholar program, who took her in and motivated her to complete her graduate degrees. Now she enjoys speaking to university students who are looking for someone who can motivate them to push through the adversity, obtain that degree and land that dream career. Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year is going to come no matter what! What will that look like for you?

  • Science Communication

    Science is hotter than ever these days! It’s controversial, cultural, relevant, and the basis of a functional democratic society. But none of this matters if you’re speaking science-y jargon to the folks who really do want to care and want to do something with your results! Climate change, genetics, food production, health…the public wants to learn and take action but sometimes you’re just confusing them. Learn the importance of becoming a relevant story teller so that your research can impact your stakeholders: the general public, your investors/funding reviewers, congress, the media, and your grandmother! Tara has a decade of experience in speaking to audiences on complicated science topics, and has learned relevant tactics to share with her fellow science colleagues to help them lose the "so what?" gaze during conversation.

FAQs on booking Tara Ruttley

  • How to book Tara Ruttley?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tara Ruttley for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Tara Ruttley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tara Ruttley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tara Ruttley?

    Booking fees for Tara Ruttley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tara Ruttley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tara Ruttley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tara Ruttley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tara Ruttley for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tara Ruttley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tara Ruttley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tara Ruttley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Beyond the Routine Keynote Speaker, Student Motivation Keynote Speaker and Science Communication. The estimated speaking fee range to book Tara Ruttley for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Tara Ruttley generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Aprille Ericsson, Danielle Feinberg, Emily Calandrelli, Abigail Harrison and Tracy Chou. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tara Ruttley for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tara Ruttley Speaker Videos

  • Aspire To Inspire: Women in Science
    Women in STEM: STEM in the Global Science Community
  • Space Apps NYC 2015 - Tara Ruttley - Hacking Away at Gravity on ...
    May 7, 2015 ... Your browser can't play this video. Learn more. Switch camera. Share. Include playlist. An error occurred while retrieving sharing information.
    NASA Now: Expedition 26
    In this installment of NASA Now, meet associate International Space Station program scientist Tara Ruttley, who talks about the complexity of conducting research from this one-of-a-kind orbiting...
  • NES Live Video Chat: Dr. Tara Ruttley
    K-12 students across the U.S. chat with Tara Ruttley, the first engineer aquanaut.

Tara Ruttley Speaking Topics

  • Beyond the Routine Keynote Speaker

    What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done? Most courageous? Most memorable? Our brains are literally rewired for the better when we try new experiences. This makes it easier for us to adapt to change and build resiliency. We are Everyday People: parents, leaders, executives, teachers, professionals, learners, introverts, and extroverts. And we all have our daily routines that work (and sometimes they just don’t!). Tara’s got stories to tell (and no, she’s never jumped out of an airplane!) and opportunities to share that will motivate you to get out and do something new, big or small, beyond your daily routine. Realize your full potential when you grow through nw experiences! You can also connect on her Facebook page and encourage each other to try new or exciting things. Maybe she will join you!

  • Student Motivation Keynote Speaker

    Tara grew up in southern Louisiana and was the first in her family to graduate college. As an undergraduate, she stumbled upon the McNair Scholar program, who took her in and motivated her to complete her graduate degrees. Now she enjoys speaking to university students who are looking for someone who can motivate them to push through the adversity, obtain that degree and land that dream career. Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year is going to come no matter what! What will that look like for you?

  • Science Communication

    Science is hotter than ever these days! It’s controversial, cultural, relevant, and the basis of a functional democratic society. But none of this matters if you’re speaking science-y jargon to the folks who really do want to care and want to do something with your results! Climate change, genetics, food production, health…the public wants to learn and take action but sometimes you’re just confusing them. Learn the importance of becoming a relevant story teller so that your research can impact your stakeholders: the general public, your investors/funding reviewers, congress, the media, and your grandmother! Tara has a decade of experience in speaking to audiences on complicated science topics, and has learned relevant tactics to share with her fellow science colleagues to help them lose the "so what?" gaze during conversation.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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