Center physicist Dr. Ruth Jones honored by local civic club
Dr. Ruth D. Jones of NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been honored by
a local civic club recognizing young women who serve as role models
The "You Go Girl" Award,
given annually by the Sui Generis Civic Club of Decatur, Ala., acknowledges
young women "trying to make a difference in the quality of life for
others and who have extraordinary accomplishments."
Jones is the second African-American
woman to receive a doctorate in physics in the state of Alabama, and
the first female to receive a bachelor's degree in physics from the
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
An optical physicist with
the Marshall Center's Space Optics Manufacturing Technology Center,
she investigates new techniques for testing and fabricating optical
elements for the Center's microgravity research facilities.
Prior to joining NASA full-time
in 2000, Jones was a summer intern at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
in Greenbelt, Md., a graduate research assistant at the Los Alamos National
Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., and a cooperative education student
at the Marshall Center. She worked at Marshall as an electrical engineer
while earning her doctorate. She also holds a master's degree in physics
from Alabama A&M University of Huntsville, Ala.
Jones, the author of numerous
articles on optical physics, is a member of the Optical Society of America
and the International Society for Optical Engineering.
A native of West Helena,
Ark., Jones is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Jones of West Helena.
She resides in Huntsville.