Dr. Christine Darden to Deliver UNCA’s Parsons Lecture

Dr. Christine Darden

Dr. Christine Darden, a leading mathematician, data analyst, and aeronautical engineer for NASA, will deliver the annual Parsons Lecture beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 in Lipinsky Auditorium.

Dr. Darden’s story was one of the researchers whose stories were told in Hidden Figures; The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (2016). She went on to become an internationally known expert in sonic-boom minimization, and an influential women of mathematicians and engineers at NASA in the mid-20th century.

In 2007, she retired as a member of the senior staff at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Dr. Christine Darden worked as an influential aeronautical engineer for NASA.

Dr. Darden will share her personal story, From Monroe to NASA, including her growing up in Monroe, NC, attending Allen High School in Asheville, and her 40-year career at NASA.

UNC Asheville’s annual Parsons Lecture is funded through an endowment from a mathematics alumnus in honor of Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Joe Parsons. The goal of the lecture is to bring to Asheville a nationally renowned mathematician able to communicate mathematical concepts and use with a general audience.

Dr. Darden’s lecture is free and open to everyone.

For more information, contact Sheryl Donaldson in UNC Asheville’s Department of Mathematics, at sdonalds@unca.edu or (828) 251-6556, or visit math.unca.edu.


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