As of April 1st, 2015, Project Professor Chiaki Mukai assumed the position of Vice President of the Tokyo University of Science. She will serve in this position until March 31st, 2017. Her responsibilities include promotion of internationalization and promotion of women's affairs.
As the first female astronaut from Asia, Professor Mukai rode on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1994, and Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998.
She has served as the Director of the JAXA Center for Applied Space Medicine and Human Research (J-CASMHR) since July, 2012, and as a Project Professor of the Tokyo University of Science since October of last year.