The Aerospace Professor: The Man and The Brand autobiography, author Jeffery Battle, is a story of resilience and perseverance despite incredible social restrictions and professional barriers. He shares several commonalities with award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson and her movie character Katherine Johnson. Find out more.
Taraji P. Henson, who plays National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA’s) Katherine Johnson in the film Hidden Figures, a story of early space exploration, participated in a panel discussion and shared her frustration that she didn’t grow up knowing these stories of early space exploration like depicted in Hidden Figures. She felt not knowing these stories limited her own career choices and those of many others who didn’t realize that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers were a career option. (Photo credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA)
Dr. Knatokie Ford (far left), Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, moderates a panel discussion on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with, from left to right: Director Theodore Melfi; Author Margot Lee Shetterly; Actress and singer Taraji P. Henson; Actress Octavia Spencer; Musical recording artist, actress, and model Janelle Monáe; Actor, film director, and producer Kevin Costner; and Producer Mimi Valdés. (Photo credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)