Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D., is Vice President for Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation. She retired in 2008 from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she held both line and project management positions. While Section Manager of Mechanical Engineering, she managed over 200 engineers designing and developing space flight hardware and was responsible for all technical, cost and schedule performance of the Section’s business. The Section’s annual business base was more than US$80 million supporting over 30 concurrent projects.
Sharon joined the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, USA, in 1979. She served as a Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation Board Director from 2014-2016. She also served as International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee Chairman from 1992-2000 and 2010-2014, was an International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee member from 1988-1992, and Area Director from 2012-2014. She has also attended 24 district conferences and 10 international conventions.
Sharon received her Bachelor of Science with Honors, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While pursuing her doctorate, she was twice awarded the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship.
In 2013, Sharon was a featured speaker on women in non-traditional professions and participant in Women’s Build Day Project for Habitat for Humanity. At the UN CSW 58 in 2014, Sharon was an expert panel member for a UN Women sponsored parallel event on “Where are the Girls and Women - Exploring the Gender Gap in Science and Technology?”
Sharon is currently the financial secretary at her church and she sings in the choir. Her personal interests include international travel, winemaking and visiting museums. She also enjoys swimming and gardening.