N.C. A&T to Honor Ronald McNair with Annual Celebration
EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2019) Ė In commemoration
and honor of the life and legacy of alumnus Ronald E.
McNair, Ph.D. who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger
disaster, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical
State University will hold the 33rd Annual Ronald E.
McNair Celebration at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 28, in the New
Student Center Ballroom.
In 1978, McNair, was selected as a mission
specialist astronaut for the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Space Shuttle Program. On Jan. 28, 1986, he
was aboard the Challenger for his second
mission when it experienced fatal
malfunctions upon takeoff. McNair died along
with six other crew members.
The celebration program will include
greetings and presentations from students,
faculty, staff, administrators, city
officials and community leaders as well as a
keynote speech by N.C. A&T alumnaDannellia
Dr. Ronald E. McNair After graduating
from N.C. A&T with a degree in physics, McNair continued
his educational pursuits and earned a Ph.D. in laser
physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In
1978, he was selected as a mission specialist astronaut
for the NASA space shuttle program and made history
being among the first African American astronauts.
McNairís second mission aboard the space shuttle
Challenger proved to be his final mission after the
experienced fatal malfunction upon
takeoff. [NC A&T -NASA Photo] The tremendous level of academic success that McNair
experienced in his lifetime underscores his numerous
posthumous acclamations, honors and awards. North Carolina
A&T McNair Scholars exhibit the same scholarly standard and
pursue lofty educational and professional goals despite
their disadvantaged background.
Gladden-Green is director of economic
inclusion and social responsibility for
Owens & Minor, a leading healthcare services
and logistics company headquartered in
Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining the
healthcare industry, she spent more than 20
years in microelectronics high-tech
companies such as Dell Computers, Texas
Instruments and Free scale Semiconductor.
As a United States patent holder, she
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Gladden-Green received a bachelorís degree
in physics from N.C. A&T; a masterís degree
in electronic materials from Massachusetts
Institute of Technology; and a doctorate in
electronic materials from North Carolina