Christine M. Darden
Board Member, 2020
NASA Langley Research Center (retired)
Dr. Christine M. Darden retired from the NASA Langley Research Center as a member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service in March 2007 after nearly 40 years of service. At NASA, she worked five years as a “Human Computer” (Data Analyst) in the Re-Entry Physics Branch, twenty-three years as an Aerospace Engineer in supersonic flow and sonic-boom minimization, and 8 years as an executive.
During her NASA career, Darden authored over 57 technical papers and articles, primarily in the areas of sonic boom prediction, sonic boom minimization, and supersonic wing design. She is recognized as an international expert in these areas—having given technical presentations at many U.S. Conferences, in Germany, England, France, Greece and Japan.
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. In addition, she received the Black Engineer of the Year Outstanding Achievement in Government Award and the Women in Science & Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award.
Darden has the BS Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Physics from Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, VA, the MS Degree in Applied Mathematics from Virginia State College (now University) in Petersburg, VA, and the D.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
She and her husband of 55 years, Walter, are the parents of 3 adult daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.