Jena Garrahy

July 02, 2019

NASA communications network integrity manager will speak at summer camp

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Jena L. Garrahy, NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Program’s network integrity manager, will discuss her work including telemedicine and cybersecurity next week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Garrahy will talk about her career path to NASA and highlight ways the agency’s work contributes to our everyday lives during a presentation at 1:30 p.m., July 10, at the Transportation Education Center, Room 182. The Transportation Education Center, home to the university’s aviation and automotive programs, is located at Southern Illinois Airport, 545 N. Airport Road, Murphysboro. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Garrahy’s talk is a part of the university’s 2019 NASA Wings Camp. This is the 10th year of the annual camp, which allows high school students the opportunity to explore potential careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. The university’s aviation program offers the camp through funding from NASA.

Media Advisory 

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to attend Jena Garrahy’s lecture at 1:30 p.m. on July 10 at the Transportation Education Center, Room 182. Garrahy, camp participants, and SIU aviation program instructors will be available for interviews. For more information, contact Lorelei Ruiz, associate professor, at 618/453-9265 or

In her position, Garrahy is responsible for implementation and application of National Security policies and NASA cyber and physical security directives for NASA ground communications. The space agency’s ground communications includes the:

  • Space Network.
  • Near Earth Network.
  • Deep Space Network.
  • Tracking and Data Relay Satellite.
  • Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment.
  • Laser Communications Relay Demonstration.

Garrahy’s experience also includes work with several U.S. Department of Defense agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration. She earned her bachelor’s degree from State University of New York-Plattsburgh. She also has a master’s degree in international business and statistics from Bond University, Gold Coast in Australia and a second master’s degree in national security and safety leadership from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.