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Kathryn D. Sullivan

Charles A. Lindbergh Fellow of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Kathryn D. SullivanKathryn D. Sullivan, 65, the Charles A. Lindbergh Fellow of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, since March 2017. Dr. Sullivan served in several roles in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Administration (NOAA) between May 2011 and January 2017, including as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator from March 2014 until January 2017. She served as a Director for Ohio State University’s Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy from 2006 through 2011. Between 1996 and 2005, Dr. Sullivan served as President and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), a hands-on science education enterprise, serving nearly 900,000 people annually throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Between 1978 and 1993, Dr. Sullivan was a Mission Specialist for NASA. She is a veteran of three Shuttle missions with over 500 hours in space and she is the first American woman to walk in space. Dr. Sullivan served on the boards of directors of several public companies between 1997 and 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in geology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.  Director since March 1, 2017.