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A Distinguished Career in Aerospace and Public Affairs

Jan 30, 2016, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Scott Lab E525
The College of Engineering presents Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce, Oceans and Atmosphere, and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who will present A Distinguished Career in Aerospace and Public Affairs as a guest lecture in Scott Lab E525.
Dr. Sullivan is currently the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where her duties include oversight of climate resilience policy and research. She is a candidate for the Neil Armstrong Chair at Ohio State.
After receiving her Ph.D. in Geology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, she has had a long distinguished career. She started as an Astronaut at NASA and was a veteran of three shuttle missions with over 500 hours in space. She was the Chief Scientist for NOAA. She was a Naval Reserve and had many active duty assignments including environmental support of Mediterranean anti-submarine warfare operations. She took part in Operation Desert Storm and received the Navy Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon. She retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain.
Dr. Sullivan served as President and CEO of COSI in Columbus and helped oversee the final design and construction of the $125M new facility. She was the Inaugural Director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics & Science Education Policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University from 2006-2011. Since then she has held a number of high level assignments in NOAA. Dr. Sullivan holds honorary doctorate degrees from 8 US universities and served a number of distinguished boards and committees. She will present to the audience some highlights of her outstanding career.
The Guest Lecture Series is part of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) Discovery Theme program at Ohio State. Learn more at: