Following graduation from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in English and bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in physics, Sally Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA. Her first flight as a mission specialist, in 1983, was the second flight of the Orbiter Challenger; her second flight as a mission specialist took place the next year. When the Space Shuttle Challenger accident temporarily terminated mission training, Ride was assigned to NASA Headquarters as Special Assistant to the Administrator for long-range and strategic planning.
In 1989, Ride joined the faculty of the University of California at San Diego as a professor of physics and director of the University of California's California Space Institute. In 2001, she founded Sally Ride Science to pursue her long-time passion for motivating girls and young women to pursue careers in science, mathematics, and technology. An advocate for improved science education, Ride has written science books for young readers and has initiated and directed education projects designed to fuel middle-school students' fascination with science.
Ride has served on the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Research Council's Space Studies Board, as well as the boards of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Carnegie Institution of Washington. She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Developed by the Ride faculty team for her campus visit
Ride FACULTY TEAM LEADERS
Dr. Lewis Duncan, President & Cornell Professor of Distinguished Presidential Leadership
Dr. Fiona Harper, Assistant Professor of Biology