Her professional commendations and awards include such honors as the Center Director’s Commendation from Marshall Space Flight Center and Glenn Research Center, Wings of Excellence from Cleveland’s Federal Executive Board, Government and Industry Leadership Awarded presented by Alabama A & M University Alumni Association, and Extraordinary Achievements in Aerospace Engineering presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has been recognized as one of the six Women Succeeding in Male-Dominated Fields (Daily Worth magazine, October 13, 2014). She is also a co-author/contributor to the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) first eBook, “Be That Engineer: Inspiration and Insight from Accomplished Women Engineers.” She is lauded as one of NASA’s Modern Figures (https://www.nasa.gov/modernfigures, https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/feature/where-the-past-meets-the-present-marshall-figures-recognized).
Dr. Jones’ community involvement includes awarding two scholarships to deserving students who are active in her home church, First Baptist Church in West Helena, AR and she holds a “Science Day” at her former elementary, Jr. High and High Schools in West Helena to encourage students to take more math and science as well as illustrate the importance of education.
Dr. Jones considers herself as a role model because she has succeeded in a male dominant field, Physics. Throughout her educational career she has never had a female professor or a black professor; therefore, Dr. Jones feels by teaching she can show young girls that women can excel in science, math, and the physical sciences as well or better than anyone. One of her goals is to help young people, particularly minorities in small towns, understand the excitement, opportunities and enjoyment in pursuing a STEM career.
A native of West Helena, Dr. Ruth Jones is the daughter of William and Essie Jones of West Helena.