Raye Jean Montague (1935-2018), an American naval engineer, is credited with creating the first computer-generated rough draft of a U.S. Naval ship which revolutionized naval ship design. She was given two months to complete the project; she finished her draft in 19 hours. Later in her career, she became the first female Program Manager of Ships in the United States Navy.
In 1972 she received the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
This groundbreaking engineer and ship designer smashed both gender and racial barriers. Despite facing racism and sexism at every turn, Raye Montague single-handedly revolutionized naval ship design.