Tim Tawney

Class of 1998

Tim serves on the Alumni Board as Chair of the Classes and Reunions Committee.

Undergrad Highlights

Tim is a Senior International Programs Specialist in the Office of International and Interagency Relations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. He currently serves as the Space Science Team Lead in that office and also has the responsibility for NASA’s international Mars cooperation and science activities with Europe. A large focus of his work recently has been on the international cooperation aspects of the Mars Curiosity rover that landed on Mars on August 6, 2012. Previously he worked in the NASA Headquarters Office of Space Flight in the areas of public outreach and legislative affairs and at the Goddard Space Flight Center in the Office of Public Affairs. He came to NASA in June 2000 as a Presidential Management Intern (now called Presidential Management Fellows).

Prior to coming to NASA, Tim interned and/or worked for the U.S. Department of State in Manila, the Philippines; the Government Relations Offices of the Heritage Foundation and Caterpillar, Inc., both located in Washington, DC; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington; and in the British House of Commons, as a Parliamentary Aide to Nigel Jones, MP.

Tim graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1998 with Honors in International Studies and Economics from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. While there, he was a member of the Men’s Varsity Crew team, the Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies, the Society of Junior Fellows, and the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He then received his Master’s Degree in 2000 in German and European Studies from Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. He is currently serving as a member of the Washington College Alumni Board.

Tim has received two NASA Headquarters Exceptional Performance Awards (2005 and 2007), as well as numerous agency team awards; an Honors Award in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University (2000); a Deutscher Akedemischer Austausch Dienst Award and Fellowship (1999); the International Studies Award from Washington College (1998); Kappa Alpha James Ward Wood Award (1998); and U.S. Rowing Academic All American First Team (1997).

Tim was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Westminster, Maryland. He currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Ilisa, and daughter Joelle.