K. Renee Horton

February 17, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. K. Renee Horton. Dr. Horton is a past president of NSBP, an award winning NASA engineer, and tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM.

renee horton squareK. Renee Horton is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. of Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in Physics from the University of Alabama. Dr. Horton was the first African American to receive this degree from the University of Alabama. In her day job, she serves as a NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Quality Engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. Throughout her academic career, Renee has received numerous accolades and awards including the Black Engineer of the Year Trailblazer Award, a NASA Space Flight Awareness Team award and a NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Certificate of Appreciation Honor Award.

Legacy - Advocate for STEM Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. 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 also a compelling and international inspirational speaker who brings her epic personal story, expertise, and incredible personality to each of her presentations. She has spoken all over the world including South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, Jamaica and Mexico.

In 2016, she was elected President of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) as the second woman to hold the office. 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 the Edward Bouchet Abdus Salam Institute (EBASI) Executive Body. In 2017, she was elevated to a Fellow in the NSBP, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a member and in 2018 was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the prestige honor society in physics. Dr. Horton was named a 2019 Louisianian of the year featured in the Louisiana Life magazine. She is honored in a group of nine individuals who stand out in their professions, give back and represent what’s best about Louisiana. 

She is the author of Dr. H Explores the Universe, a children’s series, Dr. H and her Friends, and Dr. H Explores the ABCs. Renee recently was named the Silver Anniversary Artie Literature Award winner for 2018, from New Orleans Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, her published works. She is a proud member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.