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Kathy Flanagan

Kathy Flanagan

Senior Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Dr. Kathryn Flanagan is a Senior Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). The Institute is responsible for the science operations of Hubble Space Telescope, as well as the mission and science operations of its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Prior to assuming the position of Interim Director in March 2015, Dr. Flanagan served as STScI’s Deputy Director since October 2012.

Dr. Flanagan came to the Institute in 2007 to head the Mission Office for JWST, with responsibility for developing the JWST Science and Operations Center. She earned her PhD in physics at MIT, where she began working in the field of X-ray astronomy, with special interest in developing new instruments for space. She became part of the research staff at SAO and MIT, and has worked on multiple flight instruments.

She has been active in education, beginning with service as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching math and physics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has participated in NASA’s advisory structure, co-chairing strategic planning documents and serving on advisory committees.

Dr. Flanagan brings experience in managing large science projects and organizations, and a deep commitment to supporting the science community and nurturing the next generation.

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