Charlene Blackwell-Thompson


GHS Class of 1983

Computer Engineering – Clemson University 1988


Payload flight software engineer – The Boeing Company

Lead engineer for Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions – Holds multiple patents related to launch

First female Launch director for NASA

“I first became interested in space as a grade school student. I can remember watching the Apollo missions and the coverage with my classmates and being amazed we were sending people to the moon.”