Nigeria Breaking a record: Wendy Okolo is first Black woman to obtain PHD in Aerospace awarded in the United States


Dr. Wendy Okolo is a Nigerian and most promising engineer on records in the United States

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After been crowned winner as Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) 2019 for her accomplishment in the area of Aerospace Engineering.

Black Engineer of the Year Awards 2019

@NASAAmes in a recent tweet denotes, “researcher who is developing techniques for improving the maneuverability of spacecraft during entry, descent & landing has received Black Engineer’s Most Promising Engineer in Government Award! Congrats to Wendy Okolo on your award! Details: 

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Currently working as the special emphasis programs manager at Ames Research Center and Research Engineer in the Discovery and Systems Health Technology (DaSH) Area at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA.

In reference from The Cabel, She spoke about her experience piloting the world’s fastest manned aircraft which flies from coast to coast in 67 minutes.

“I was like I’m sure these guys are so smart, what am I going to bring on the table. I was given an assignment to correct an error in a code system which i did and momentarily ended the impostor syndrome”

With thirteen (13) publications in aerospace engineering, ability to speak four (4) different languages and research engineer wit NASA since 2016, she is motivated to scale more ladders as she continues to break grounds inspiring not just black women but the whole of Africa.

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