Featuring an introduction by engineer/educator Sharon O’Neal, who recently retired as an Engineering Director I at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson! Sharon was the first female at RMS to achieve the distinguished technical classification of Senior Fellow Engineer. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
“Bombshell becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.” – Kristy Puchiko, Nerdist
What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII.
Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day. (Dir by Alexanda Dean, 2017, USA, 88 mins., Not Rated)
Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences.
Sharon O’Neal recently retired as an Engineering Director I at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona. Over the course of her 33 year engineering career, she has held a variety of roles and responsibilities. Before retiring, Sharon was the Software Engineering Center Director for more than 500 multi-disciplined engineers,and she was the first female at RMS to achieve the distinguished technical classification of Senior Fellow Engineer. Sharon has extensive program management experience and led multiple very sophisticated and complex development programs through the Engineering Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of development. Sharon is a certified Systems Architect, certified SW Architect, certified Agile Scrum and Product Owner, and is also certified in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). In 2016, Sharon became preparing for her transition from industry to academia, and has been teaching engineering classes at the University of Arizona. Her goal is share the wealth of her experiences with next generation engineers and help them transition from academia to industry careers successfully.