Coleman is ASU’s Global Explorer in Residence at the School of Earth and Space Exploration and for the Interplanetary Initiative. She is a research chemist, a former NASA astronaut and a retired U.S. Air Force colonel with more than 180 days in space, accumulated during two space shuttle missions and a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), where she acted as the Lead Robotics and Lead Science officer.
Coleman is a passionate advocate for inclusion in STEM/STEAM for teams everywhere. She is a prolific public speaker, technical consultant and an affiliate of the MIT Media Lab. She also serves on the boards of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Earthrise Media and Dent the Future. An amateur flute player, she is best known for her “Space Duet” with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull and her work from space with the acclaimed Irish band, The Chieftains. She serves as a consultant for space-related media work, which has included coaching actress Sandra Bullock from the ISS in preparation for Bullock’s astronaut role in the major motion picture “Gravity.”