Chrstine Darden holding small-scale model of supersonic plane
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The 2018 Parsons Lecture by Christine Darden, NASA Mathematician, Data Analyst, and Aeronautical Engineer

  • 03/01
  • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
  • Lipinsky Hall - Auditorium

Christine Darden, a leading mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer for NASA is one of the researchers featured in Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (2016), a history of some of the influential African-American women mathematicians and engineers at NASA in the mid-20th century.

She will deliver the annual Parsons Lecture, free and open to everyone, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in Lipinsky Auditorium.

Darden will share her story, "From Monroe to NASA," of growing up in the Piedmont, N.C. town of Monroe, spending two years at Allen High School in Asheville, and during her 40-year career at NASA, becoming an internationally-known expert in  sonic-boom minimization. In 2007, she retired as a member of the senior staff at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. 

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 Parsons Lecture is to bring to Asheville a nationally renowned mathematician able to communicate mathematical concepts and use with a general audience.

For more information, contact Sheryl Donaldson in UNC Asheville’s Department of Mathematics, or 828.251.6556, or visit

Contact for this event:

  • Department of Mathematics
  • 828.251.6556

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