SHARON CAPLES MCDOUGLE
Modern Day Hidden Figure
McDougle began her career in the Crew Escape Equipment (CEE) Department as a suit technician responsible for processing the orange launch and re-entry pressure suit assemblies worn by all NASA space shuttle astronauts. She was one of only two women CEE Suit Technicians and the only Black technician when she began her career.
She made history when she suited up Dr Mae Jemison for her historic flight aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.
McDougle was promoted to Crew Chief making her the first female and first Black Crew Chief in CEE. She was responsible for leading her team and ensuring the astronaut crews were provided with outstanding support during suited astronaut training, launch, and landing events. As Crew Chief she had the honor of leading the first and only all-female suit tech crew.
McDougle went on to become the first, and only female, and Black person, to become the Manager of the CEE Processing Department. In this position, she managed the team of 25+ employees responsible for the equipment worn by the astronaut crews aboard the space shuttle. Her team suited up the astronauts, tested the equipment, strapped the astronauts into the space shuttle before launch, and recovered the crew upon landing.
McDougle is also a United States Air Force (USAF) veteran. She began her aerospace career in the Air Force where she served proudly as an Aerospace Physiology Specialist at Beale Air Force Base, CA.
My Professional Journey
Graduated from Moss Point High School (Moss Point, MS)
Served in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Physiology Specialist
Joined Boeing Aerospace Operations/Space Shuttle Crew Escape Equipment (CEE), becoming the first African American CEE Suit Technician
Suited up Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel into space (STS-47)
Promoted to Crew Chief, becoming first African American (male or female) CEE Crew Chief
Led the first and only all-female suit tech crew (STS-78)
First and only African American (male or female) promoted to the position of Manager of the CEE department
SHARON MCDOUGLE - MODERN DAY HIDDEN FIGURE
Trailblazer - History Maker - Philanthropist