March rings in Women’s History Month and offers a reminder to celebrate how far women have advanced our country and to amplify their voices to honor the past, inform the present and inspire the future. This month, we are highlighting one of the inspiring women we are so lucky to call part of the ASU community -- Cady Coleman.
She is an incredibly inspirational woman who has contributed greatly to our country’s success, both in space and here on earth. Last year, Cady Coleman joined ASU following a three-decade career spanning roles including Air Force officer, NASA scientist and astronaut. She flew in space twice on the Space Shuttle and spent almost 6 months living aboard the International Space Station. During that time, she served as everything from a polymer chemist, to an astronaut helping scientists make new discoveries, to the chief of robotics for the astronaut office at NASA -- just to name a few!
Upon retiring from her groundbreaking scientific work with NASA, she joined ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration’s Interplanetary Initiative as ASU’s “Global Explorer in Residence.” Tasked with catalyzing exciting space- and inclusion-related endeavors, Coleman proactively works towards building the future of humans in space, and thus creating a bolder and better society.
Now at ASU, she dedicates much of her time to encouraging continual learning: She is a firm believer that anyone can change the world, and she strives to positively impact and inspire a goal-oriented and success-driven mentality in other women.