As we prepare to gather in Toronto to strengthen our connections to each other, to our Mathnasium families and to the world, we would like to announce this year’s Convention keynote speaker, Dr. Cady Coleman. Former NASA Astronaut and Air Force Colonel Cady Coleman is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions and a six-month expedition on the International Space Station (ISS). A chemist with a doctorate in polymer science and engineering, Coleman is a pioneer in the research of materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid physics.

Cady earned a BS in chemistry from MIT in 1983 and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 1991. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, she was selected as an astronaut in 1992 and flew her first mission in 1995.

Onstage, Coleman draws from her time in NASA and her missions on the ISS to discuss team building, leadership and innovation. With her extraordinary photos and videos, Coleman delivers a captivating account of life in space and the importance of diversity, inclusion and collaboration. A consultant for space-related work, including microgravity research, Dr. Coleman is a vocal advocate for STEM and STEAM-related ambitions. 

She is passionate about sharing her experiences aboard the ISS and even delivered the introductory talk for TED 2011 and the commencement address for UMASS Amherst from space. Fun Fact: In her spare time, Dr. Coleman coached actress Sandra Bullock from the ISS in preparation for Bullock’s astronaut role in the movie Gravity.

We are very excited to have Cady share her message with all of you as we come together to achieve our common goal of transforming lives through math and changing the world for the better … one connection at a time. Make sure to register by the registration deadline, which is this Thursday, June 6!

The Power of Connection – 2019 Mathnasium Convention