Title: Engineer and Senior Manager
Location: Hampton, Virginia, United States
Dr. Christine Darden, Retired Engineer and Senior Manager at NASA, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aerospace.
With more than 55 years of professional experience, Dr. Darden has been an aerospace and educational consultant since 2016. Prior to obtaining her current role, she was an aerospace consultant for NASA from 2008 to 2009, having previously garnered experience as director of strategic communications and education at NASA Langley Research Center from 2004 to 2007 and as director of strategic planning from 2002 to 2004. From 1994 to 1999, she was the leader of high-speed research, having served as the group leader of the NASA Langley Research Center since 1989, where she was also an aerospace engineer since 1973 and a data analyst from 1967 to 1973. Earlier in her career, she was a math instructor and research assistant with Virginia State College from 1965 to 1967, and a math teacher with Norcom High School from 1964 to 1965 and Russell High School from 1962 to 1963.
Dr. Darden first pursued an education with the Hampton Institute, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1962. She continued her studies with Virginia State College, completing a Master of Science in 1967. She later joined George Washington University, earning a Doctor of Science in 1983. She is a member of the National Technology Association and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The highlight of Dr. Darden’s career was the work she did on the sonic boom.
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