#WomenInSTEMWednesday: Donna Shirley

Courtesy: NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

I love learning about all these different women that are so in love with STEM and push into the field despite the fact it is a male-dominated field. This week’s #WomenInSTEM is Donna Shirley!

Even though she was told women couldn’t be engineers, she earned her aerospace engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!)

She went on to work for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Lab with 2000 engineers and was the only female with an engineering degree on the team. While there she worked on several teams and was eventually selected in 1994 to head the Mars Exploration Program. Shirley became the first woman to manage a NASA program!

In 1998, she retired from NASA and moved back to Oklahoma to become the Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering at OU. Shirley is also in the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame (1997), Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame (1998) and the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame (2003).

Although she was told she couldn’t be an engineer because she was female, she didn’t let that stop her. She went on to do bigger and better things and prove everyone wrong! #WomenInSTEMWednesday#OklahomaWomenInSTEM

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