Woman’s Day Program Presenting Dr. Christine Mann Darden
Oct 14, 2018
"Hidden Figures": First the book, and then the movie, has inspired millions by revealing how hard working "human computers" guided and supported the development and implementation of the United States of America Space Program.
Dr. Darden, a native of Monroe, NC, will share her faith journey and her career journey at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In her presentation, Order my Steps... she will share the challenges she faced as an African American woman working in an industry controlled by white males during the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.
After five years of working as a "Computer" at NASA, she was transferred to an engineering section that worked on Sonic Boom Minimization. Her research centered around techniques to reduce the annoying sound that accompanies airplanes when they travel faster than the speed of sound. She has authored over 57 technical papers and articles, primarily in the areas of sonic boom prediction, sonic boom minimization, and supersonic wing design.
Dr. Darden has been recognized with dozens of awards and honors—including two NASA Medals, one for her work and leadership of the Sonic Boom Program, and the other for her active involvement in working with and encouraging students to pursue careers in Math and Science.
Dr. Darden, an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), has served many areas in her local church, such as Chair of the Presbytery Council in the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia; as Moderator of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic; as Vice Moderator of the General Assembly Committee on Representation, and as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for Social Witness Policy.
In 2017, Dr. Darden was one of the "human computers" featured in the book "Hidden Figures," and she has spoken to groups all over the United States about lessons to be learned in that movie.