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“Hidden Figure” to visit GPISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Dr. Christine Darden, one of the world’s experts on sonic booms and a former NASA human computer featured in the book “Hidden Figures,” will visit Grand Prairie ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy to speak to students on Wednesday, September 19, at 9:30 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

Dr. Darden worked at NASA as a human computer beginning in 1967.  After eight years, she was transferred to the engineering section and began working on the sonic boom project.  In 1983, she earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering.  In 1989, she was appointed as the technical leader of NASA's Sonic Boom Group of the Vehicle Integration Branch of the High Speed Research Program where she was responsible for developing the sonic boom research program at NASA.

Dr. Darden will speak to the students of YWLA about her 40-year career at NASA, her interest in math and the women who inspired her. 

Dr. Darden has said, "I was able to stand on the shoulders of those women who came before me, and women who came after me were able to stand on mine."  On Wednesday in GPISD, she will lift up another generation of young female scholars.

Dr. Darden’s visit is sponsored by the Women’s Network Frontiers of Flight and Grand Prairie ISD.

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Location: Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Arnold Middle School | 1204 E. Marshall Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Times: 9:30-10:30: address to the student body; 10:30-11:30: small group discussion with selected students

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