Applause and praise are coming in for 30-year-old Nigerian scientist, Wendy Okolo, who has won the Most Promising Engineer in Government award at the US Black Engineer Awards.
Wendy Okolo, a 30-year-old Nigerian working for the US's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has won the country's Most Promising Engineer in Government award at the 2019 Black Engineer Awards.
Face2FaceAfrica.com carried a profile of Okolo and report that the NASA employee initially felt like an impostor when she worked as a summer researcher from 2010 to 2012 at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The mission of the AFRL is to discover, develop, and integrate affordable warfighting technologies for air and space forces.
Okolo, then a graduate student, at first felt she had no place working with such a great team.
Now, she has proven beyond reasonable doubt that she deserves her place right where she is.
Okolo is at present an aeronautics and space administration genius. She works as a research engineer at the Ames Research Centre, a major research centre for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Silicon Valley.
And her excellent work is not going unnoticed.
Okolo was born into a family of six in Nigeria. At 26, she became the first ever black woman to earn a PhD in aerospace engineering, a feat she chalked at the University of Texas.
She had received her first and second degrees from the same university.
After her award, Okolo is looking to use her newfound influence to drive up the number of young black girls who are into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
She hopes to open the door to many more like herself.
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