Tanya Bulleigh

Degree: Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Department: Aviation and Aerospace Science

Tanya Bulleigh


Aviation/Air Safety/Aerospace


  • Flying or pilot issues to include crew resource management, human factors, stress and fatigue
  • Aerospace related issues to private or commercial space or NASA related events


Tanya Bulleigh is an adjunct professor in the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She currently works as a ground controller at the Johnson Space Center for the government contractor KBR Careers. She also is a commercial airline pilot for United Airlines.

Her areas of specialization include both aviation and aerospace. Bulleigh was an instructor at Johnson Space Center on the space shuttle where she trained astronauts and mission control personnel in console operations including monitoring commands and data relay throughout the satellite network. She had responsibility for all aspects of the Shuttle Communications and Command and Telemetry relays for in-flight operations, monitoring, analysis, troubleshooting, and rule and procedural development.

Bulleigh previously flew for Trans States Airlines. She is a flight instructor, providing flight instruction for private, instrument and commercial and multi-engine students. She does some part time corporate flying. She has served as head coach of the precision flight team for MSU Denver which competes in the NIFA (National Intercollegiate Flying Association) organization against more than 80 other universities nationally. The flight team won the coveted Loening Trophy for the 2010-2011 season. The trophy is awarded to the nation’s best aviation program and flight team.

She is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Spaceport Colorado and serves as the vice president on the board of directors for the Colorado General Aviation Alliance. Bulleigh has a doctoral degree in aviation and aerospace science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She earned her master’s degree in physics from the University of Houston and her Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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