Women In STEAM Fields

Sheila Widnall


Aerospace Researcher and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. She was the first female Secretary of the US Air Force and the first woman to lead an entire branch of the US Military. Her specialization and research interests include: boundary layer stability, unsteady hydrodynamic loads on fully wetted and supercavitating hydrofoils of finite span, unsteady lifting-surface theory, unsteady air forces on oscillating cylinders in subsonic and supersonic flow, unsteady leading-edge vortex separation from slender delta wings, tip-vortex aerodynamics, helicopter noise, aerodynamics of high-speed ground transportation vehicles, vortex stability, aircraft-wake studies, turbulence and transition. More…