Montague created a program to cut the time it took for the Navy to develop draft ship designs from two years to 18 hours.
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Raye Montague, a trailblazing black woman from Arkansas who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designed ships, has died. She was 83 .Montague, who had a 33-year career in the Navy, developed a computer program that created rough drafts of ship specifications.She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2012 the program allowed the Navy to cut the time it took to build a ship's draft design from two years to 18 hours and 26 minutes.A 2017 article on the Navy's website about her noted she was known as the Navy's "hidden figure".Montague was born in 1935 in Little Rock and grew up in segregated Arkansas. David Montague said his mother was unable to pursue engineering in college because the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville wouldn't accept black students at the time.
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