The first episode of Lost Women of Science Season 3 is now available!

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The first episode of Lost Women of Science Season 3, “The First Lady of Engineering,” is now available. 

This season tells the story of Yvonne Young Clark, remembered by colleagues as YY. Her career highlights include the Apollo space program and a 55-year tenure in the mechanical engineering department at Tennessee State, a historically Black university in Nashville. Episode 1 takes us to the very beginning, to YY’s childhood in 1930s Louisville, where she was brought up by an affluent and educated Black family. She immediately had a knack for fixing household appliances—a talent that eventually blossomed into engineering ambitions.

But being a Black woman made pursuing that career a challenging and sometimes solitary endeavor; she would become the first woman or first Black person almost everywhere she went. From Howard University’s mechanical engineering department, to RCA, all the way to NASA, YY blazed a trail for generations of engineers to come. 

Master troubleshooter, passionate educator, mother and active community member, YY can teach us something about what it really means to be the first. 

Listen to YY’s incredible story now, and keep up with Lost Women of Science on Instagram and Twitter: @LostWomenofSci. New episodes come out every Thursday.

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