Yvonne Y. Clark – Black History Month 2023 #BlackHistoryMonth
Today we celebrate Yvonne Y. Clark, the first woman to get a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering at Howard University and the first woman to earn a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Vanderbilt University. She worked with NASA, examined the Saturn V engines, and helped design the containers used to bring Moon samples back to earth.
Clark spent many summers at Frankfort Arsenal doing research on recoilless weapons. She also spent a summer working with NASA in Huntsville, Alabama where she investigated Saturn V booster engines for hot spots. She then spent a summer at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston working on containers to return moon samples to Earth. Clark did further research through Westinghouse’s Defense and Space Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
In the 1990s, her research focused on refrigerants. She was the main investigator for the research project “Experimental Evaluation of the Performance of Alternative Refrigerants in Heat Pump Cycles” funded by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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