Aprille Ericsson-Jackson may be one of the most recognized women in NASA. Starting as an aerospace engineer, Ericsson-Jackson progressed on, and spent a majority of her career helping the world get a better understanding of the Earth and sun connection, as well as earth, and space science.
Aprille Ericsson-Jackson is the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, as well as the first woman to obtain her Ph.D. in Engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, along with receiving other awards throughout her adult life.
Citation: Roberson, Stephen. “Aprille Ericsson-Jackson.” Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, www.nsbp.org/nsbp-news/bhm-physics-profiles/2019-honorees/131-aprille-ericsson-jackson.