Scott E. Tarry became Director of the NASA Nebraska Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs in April 2007. He is also Distinguished Professor in the Aviation Institute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has served as Chair of the National NASA EPSCoR Caucus and Secretary of the National Council of Space Grant Directors.
Prior to becoming Space Grant and EPSCoR Director, Tarry served as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Nebraska's Space Grant Consortium and as Principal Investigator for an EPSCoR-funded Collaborative Research Team (CRT) affiliated with NASA Langley's Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) initiative. The CRT's efforts were recognized by NASA’s Administrator with a Group Achievement Award in 2006. Dr. Tarry served as a Faculty Research Fellow at NASA Langley Research Center in the summer of 2000 before joining the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Dr. Tarry's research on technology policy and aviation has been published in a variety of aviation and public policy journals and he continues to explore how technical advances in aeronautics might improve mobility. He is a former President of the Transportation Research Forum and a former Chair of the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration for the American Society for Public Administration. Tarry also served as President of the UNO Faculty Senate.
Dr. Tarry earned his BA at the University of Puget Sound and his MA and PhD at the University of Michigan. He is an avid road cyclist, the proud father of two adult children, and lives in Omaha with his wife and two dogs, Molly and Phil.