Former Astronaut Kathy Sullivan Talks About Her First Job

Kathy Sullivan(Photo: WOSU)

Former astronaut Kathy Sullivan talks about her first job

Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan (born October 3, 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut. A crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she is the first American woman to walk in space. Sullivan is a 1969 graduate of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. She was awarded a bachelor in science degree in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1973, as well as a Ph.D. in geology from Dalhousie University in 1978.

Sullivan served as an oceanography officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain. She has served as chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She flew on three space shuttle missions and logged 532 hours in space.

After leaving NASA, Sullivan served as President and CEO of the COSI Columbus, an interactive science center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Sullivan currently serves as Director for Ohio State University’s Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy and as a volunteer science advisor to COSI. She was appointed to the National Science Board by President Bush in 2004.