NASA Astronaut Jeffrey Williams
Jeffrey N. Williams was born on January 18, 1958 in Superior, Wisconsin, but considers Winter, Wisconsin to be his hometown. He is married and has two sons. He enjoys running, fishing, camping, skiing, scuba diving and woodworking.
Williams received a bachelor of science degree in applied science and engineering from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in 1980, a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering and the degree of aeronautical engineer from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, both in 1987, and a master of arts degree in National security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1996.
Williams began an Army assignment at JSC in 1987. Until his transfer in 1992, he served as a Shuttle launch and landing operations engineer, a pilot in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory, and chief of the Operations Development Office, Flight Crew Operations Directorate.
Selected by NASA in May 1996, Williams again reported to JSC in August 1996. After completing two years of training and evaluation, he performed technical duties in the Spacecraft Systems Branch and later in the Space Station Operations Branch on temporary assignment to Marshall Space Flight Center.
In May 2000, he served as the flight engineer and lead spacewalker on STS-101. Since STS-101, he has served in the EVA Branch of the Astronaut Office, led the development of the cockpit upgrade requirements for the Space Shuttle, and completed a temporary assignment at NASA Headquarters in support of legislative affairs. In July 2002, Williams commanded a nine-day undersea coral reef expedition operating from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Aquarius habitat off the coast of Florida.
Since November 2002, he has been training for an upcoming long-duration expedition on the International Space Station (ISS) shuttling between JSC and Star City, Russia. Williams was the backup Commander and Soyuz Flight Engineer for the Expedition 12 to the ISS launched on 30 September, 2005. Williams has logged over 2,500 hours in more than 50 different aircraft.
STS-101 Atlantis (May 19-29, 2000) was the third Shuttle mission devoted to International Space Station (ISS) construction. Objectives included transporting and installing over 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies, and included Williams' first EVA lasting nearly 7 hours.
Williams is currently serving as the Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer for the ISS Expedition 13 crew which were launched on the Russian Soyuz TMA 8 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on 30 March, 2006 for an approximate six-month flight.