Undergraduate Institution: Wilberforce University (HBCU)
Photo Credit: NASA
Mrs. Dorothy Vaughan was the first Black supervisor (leading the all-Black, segregated West Area Computing Unit) at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor to NASA. When NACA transitioned to NASA, segregation was prohibited, and Mrs. Vaughn became a leading expert in the FORTRAN programming language.
Fun Fact: Mrs. Vaughan’s story (along with Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson) was featured in the 2016 film, “Hidden Figures.” She was portrayed by Octavia Spencer.