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Featured Keynote Speaker

2018 URC Keynote Presentation



Dr. K. Renee Horton


Dr. K. Renee Horton is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and works diligently in the community for STEM education and STEM outreach. Renee believes in changing the face of STEM. She is the founder of Unapologetically Being, Inc. a nonprofit for advocacy and mentoring in STEM. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math (2002) and a Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in Physics from the University of Alabama (2011). In her day job, she serves as the Space Launch System (SLS) Metallic/Weld Engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. In her short time being with NASA, Renee has been awarded six group achievement awards. In 2016, Renee was elected President of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) as the second woman to hold the office. In 2017, she was elevated to Fellow in NSBP, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member. She has served the physics community abroad as a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Women in Physics Working Group and currently serves on several advisory boards dedicated to a more diverse inclusion in physics. In her spare time, Dr. Horton serves as a motivational speaker, mentor and role model for young adults. She is the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.