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DR. WENDY OKOLO: FIRST AFRICAN WOMAN TO OBTAIN A PhD. IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Dr. Wendy A. Okolo is the first black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and the 2019 winner of the BEYA Global Competitiveness Conference Award for the most promising Engineer in the United States.

Nigerian-born Dr. Wendy Okolo is an Aerospace Research Engineer at the Ames Research Center, a major National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research center in California’s Silicon Valley.

At 26, she became the first black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she earned both her undergraduate and doctoral degrees.

She is currently an Aerospace Research Engineer in the Intelligence System Division at NASA.

Credit: Black Engineers
Photo: University of Texas.

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