As a chemist and an astronaut, Cady Coleman boasts an impressive list of accolades that orbit around science and space. The former United States Air Force officer has logged nearly 4,500 hours and 180 days in space as a NASA astronaut. She's a veteran of two space shuttle missions, and participated in a six-month tour on the International Space Station. Coleman is also an American chemist with a doctorate in polymer science and engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BS in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While completing work for her PhD at UMASS, she joined the U.S. Air Force as Second Lieutenant. She retired from the Air Force in 2009. Currently, Coleman serves as a liaison to NASA’s newest Commercial Space partners where she helps assemble and integrate supply ship operations aboard the International Space Station (ISS).