Happy Thursday and Happy W Day to all my fellow A to Z challengers. We're getting to the end of big blogfest and I could not be more happy, exhausted, stressed and excited. What an awesome experience this has been so far.
Sheila served as the Chair of Faculty for MIT's School of Engineering from 1979-81 and served as Associate Provost from 1991-93. In 1988, she was elected to serve as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During this time, Sheila also served on the Board of Visitors for the United States Air Force and on the advisory committees for Military Airlift Command and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. One of her most awesome achievements came on August 5, 1993, when she was appointed Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. She became the first woman to ever head a branch of the military.
Her achievements continued from there. In 1995, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and served as its vice-president from 1998 to 2005. She also won its distinguished Arthur M. Bueche Award in 2009. Her expertise and experience also lead to her appointment to the shuttle Columbia accident investigation board in 2003. Currently Sheila works with the Lean Advancement Initiative at MIT.
She wrote an article for a 1983 issue of Science Magazine entitled "Science and the Atari Generation"
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