Dr. Kathryn Flanagan is the Interim Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). The 500-person Institute is responsible for the science operations of Hubble Space Telescope, as well as the future mission and science operations of its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2018.
Prior to assuming her current position in March 2015, Dr. Flanagan served as STScI’s Deputy Director since October 2012. This was preceded by her appointment to acting Deputy Director in January 2012.
Dr. Flanagan is also a Senior Scientist at STScI. She came to the Institute in 2007 to head the Mission Office for the James Webb Space Telescope. In that capacity, she was responsible for the development of the Science and Operations Center at STScI for this NASA mission.
As Interim Director, Dr. Flanagan brings to the STScI management team a deep personal understanding and commitment to the role the Institute plays in supporting the science community.