Her Pioneering Spirit Led Her To Become This Great First

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Wendy Okolo broke all kinds of barriers when she became the first Black woman to get a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at just 26 years old!

She draws inspiration from her sisters, who turned everyday situations into biology and other science lessons.

Dr. Okolo garnered funding from multiple foundations and fellowships, including the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Department of Defense, for her groundbreaking research on aircraft fuel-saving methods.

Now, she uses her genius to research control systems applications and solutions for issues related to designing aircraft and spacecraft at the Ames Research Center at NASA.

Dr. Okolo is a rising star! This was cemented when she snagged the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Global Competitiveness Conference award for Most Promising Engineer in the United States government.

Once again we have a trailblazing star in our community who is making her mark in science and technology and showing that we can do anything if we have the right support!

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