Dr. Cady Coleman

Cady Coleman is a chemist, wife, mother, pilot, musician and a retired NASA astronaut. After flying in space twice on the Space Shuttle and spending 6 months on the International Space Station, Cady finished her NASA career leading innovation at the Office of the Chief Technologist.

Cady is now focused on sharing her space-related stories about leadership, collaboration and the importance of STEM and STEAM. Coleman studied chemistry at MIT, received a doctorate in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts and was commissioned in the US Air Force, serving as a research chemist at the Air Force Materials Laboratory.

As a volunteer test subject for the centrifuge program at the Armstrong Aeromedical Lab, she set several human endurance/tolerance records while performing physiological and new equipment studies. Coleman was honored to be selected as a NASA Astronaut in 1992 and has since logged more than 180 days in space.

Over the course of three missions, she conducted experiments in materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid physics; served as the lead mission specialist for the deployment of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory under the leadership of Col. Eileen Collins, the first woman Space Shuttle Commander; and spent almost six months living aboard the International Space Station as the lead robotics and science officer. Coleman has served on the Board of Directors for the leading drone data imaging and processing service Skycatch as well as for the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum.

Dr. Cady Coleman flew twice on the Space Shuttle and lived on the International Space Station for 6 months. She uses the compelling background of her space missions to showcase valuable lessons that are essential to solving present and future challenges. With extraordinary photos and videos from space, Cady shares her perspective on how everyone can bring their best to the table, as well as how they can bring out the best in others on their teams.