Hearing impaired, black, physicist, mother of three, that's who I am, that's who I be, but that's not everything.
K. Renee Horton, Ph.D.TM
Dr. K. Renee Horton is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and lifelong lover of science and NASA. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. of Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in Physics, becoming the first African American to graduate from the University of Alabama in 2011.
Dr. K. Renee Horton currently serves as the Space Launch System (SLS) Lead Metallic/Weld Engineer in the NASA Residential Management Office at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. She worked for NASA, first as a student from 2009 to 2011, and then started her career as a mechanical test engineer in 2012. In 2014 she was promoted to her current position.
In her short career with NASA she has been awarded six group achievement awards. In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Horton was recently elected President of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP 2016) as the second woman to hold the office after Dr. Shirley Jackson in 1983, 33 years previous. Dr. Horton serves the physics community abroad as a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Women in Physics Working Group. In the U.S. she has served as the Chair of the Forum on Graduate Student Affairs of the American Physical Society (APS), in 2016 Dr. Horton was an invited speaker for the First International Women and Girls Day at the United Nations Feb. 11, 2016 and in 2017 she served as the keynote opening speaker for the BUAP Conference for the International Day for Women in Puebla, Mexico. In her spare time, Dr. Horton serves as a role model for young women and was nominated for the Women of Distinction Career Award by the North Alabama Girl Scout Association in 2009. She is a proud member of the Slidell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as the proud mother of three - Eric, Malik and Denise. She is the author of Sanctum of my Soul, a book of poetry and is currently working on two new books, Dr. H Explores the Universe and Dr. H and her Friends. She enjoys photography and reading in her spare time.