Esri Ocean GIS Forum Keynote Speaker Announced

Learn How GIS “Closes the Gap” Between MetOcean Science and Resilience

ksDr. Kathryn Sullivan will share her experiences as a former Astronaut, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) administrator, in her Keynote Address at the 2017 Esri Ocean GIS Forum.

Currently a Lindbergh fellow in aerospace history at the National Air and Space Museum and a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Sullivan is an authority on the growing role of science in education, weather, ocean economies, homeland security, and public safety. With the addition of MetOcean content to this year’s Forum, she is uniquely positioned to present a fascinating view of the future of GIS in ocean and atmospheric work.

Before her distinguished career at NOAA, Sullivan was a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut, flying three space shuttle missions between 1986 and 1992. During the first mission, on space shuttle Challenger, she performed the first spacewalk by an American woman. In 1990, on space shuttle Discovery, she and her crew deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Sullivan’s last mission was in 1992 on space shuttle Atlantis, logging a total of 532 hours in space.

After leaving the NASA Space Program in 1993, she served as NOAA chief scientist, and in 1996, she became president and CEO of COSI in Columbus, Ohio, a hands-on center of science and industry serving nearly 900,000 people annually throughout Ohio and surrounding states. COSI also operates the largest outreach education program of any science museum in the United States.

In 2006, Sullivan was selected as the inaugural director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. She returned to NOAA in 2011 as deputy administrator, chief scientist in 2012, and administrator in 2014.

Please join us at the Esri Ocean GIS Forum to learn how you can help “Close the Gap” between ocean and atmospheric science and a resilient community.

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