NASA SullivanDr. Kathryn Sullivan, Member, Board of Regents and Senior Fellow is the first human to traverse both space and full ocean depth. She is the first American women to walk in space, and the first women to extend to the deepest point on Earth. On 6 June 2020, Dr. Sullivan dove to Challenger Deep, the bottom of the ocean, in the "Limiting Factor" on the Caladan Oceanic's "Ring of Fire" voyage. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan has a long career as a distinguished scientist, astronaut and executive. Learn more about Dr. Sullivan’s dive here.

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan was one of the first six women to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She flew on three space shuttle missions during her 15-year NASA tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Since leaving NASA, Sullivan has held a variety of senior executive positions, including Presidential appointments to the National Science Board and as Chief Scientist, Deputy Administrator and Undersecretary/Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As President and CEO of Ohio’s Center of Science & Industry (COSI) from 1996-2006, she oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art new facility and comprehensive re-design of the museum’s hands-on science exhibits and educational programs. Recruited to The Ohio State University in 2006, she was the inaugural director of the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy within the John Glenn School (now College) of Public Affairs. An experienced corporate director, she currently serves on the board of the International Paper Company.

Read more about Dr. Kathryn Sullivan here.

  • Watch C-SPAN’s “Q&A with Kathryn Sullivan” here.

  • Listen to Kathryn D Sullivan: What is it really like to walk in space? on Science Focus Podcast here.

  • Listen to Kathy Sullivan: Spacewalker on The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg here.

  • Watch The Royal Institution’s “Rescuing The Hubble Space Telescope - with Kathryn D. Sullivan” bellow: