Dr. Kathryn Flanagan is the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md. She served as a Senior Scientist and head of the Mission Office for the James Webb Space Telescope from 2007 to 2012. In that capacity she was responsible for the development and operations of the Science and Operations Center for this NASA mission. She earned her bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in physics at MIT, where she began working in the field of X-ray astronomy, with special interest in supernova remnants and the development of new instruments in space. She became part of the science research staff at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and MIT, and has worked on flight instruments for the Einstein Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the future International X-ray Observatory. She has been active in education, first as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching math and physics in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and later as the Director for Education and Public Outreach for MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. She has participated in NASA's advisory structure, co-chaired strategic planning documents, and served on the Astrophysics Subcommittee. She has also served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey. She was appointed Deputy Director of the STScI in 2012.
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