24-year-old African-American female rocket engineer on the NASA project to send men to Mars

24-year-old African-American female rocket engineer on the NASA project to send men to Mars

- Five decades after the US landed on the moon, the country is gearing to send people to Mars by 2024

- And 24-year-old African-American, Tiera Guinn Fletche, is working with Boeing and serving as one of the designers and structural analysts building the Space Launch System for NASA

- Shitsholds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

- According to Face2Face Africa, she received the 2017 Good Housekeeping’s Awesome Woman Award and a recipient of the Albert G. Hill Prize at MIT, also in 2017

- Guinn has also won the Most Promising Engineer, Industry Award at the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year Awards

After years of desiring to know about planes as a juvenile, Tiera Guinn Fletcher, now works with Boeing and serves as one of the designers and structural analysts building the Space Launch System for NASA, gearing to send people to Mars.

As a toddler, Tiera Guinn Fletcher, had answered questions about what she desired to become and would always note that she wanted to build a plane.

Guinn remains very salient and pivotal in building the Space Launch System for NASA especially because the United States aims to return humans to the Moon by 2024, five decades after the country made its first appearance on the natural satellite.

As a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer and a full-time employee of Boeing, Tiera Guinn Fletcher, majored in aeronautics and astronautics and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Engineergirl.org has indicated that Guinn is working to build NASA’s Space Launch System in New Orleans, LA,.

Guinn has a son with her husband, Myron Fletcher, a fellow aerospace engineer with a double degree in Aerospace Engineering and Physics from Tuskegee University, as well as, a Masters in Engineering Management from Duke University.

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The Atlanta native became a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for the Space Launch System being built by Boeing for NASA at only 22 years in 2017.

She designed and analyzed parts of a rocket which has the potential to become one of the biggest and most powerful in history.

Guinn attributes her achievement to her mother, Sheila, an accountant and her construction worker father as those who urged her to calculate and measure things while she was still growing up.

Her parents got her to engage in activities such as coupon clipping, adding up grocery receipts and learning about the applications of architecture which developed her intellectual capacity and paradigm.

By eleven, Guinn had decided on Aerospace Engineering as a career she wanted to pursue.

It is no surprise that the little genius has grown to become an instrumental mind who is playing a crucial role in building the Space Launch System for NASA.

According to Face2Face Africa, Guinn was acknowledged in 2017 when she received the Good Housekeeping’s Awesome Woman Award, a distinguished award which recognizes women who are world changers, conquering social limitations and impacting the world around them.

She is also a recipient of the Albert G. Hill Prize at MIT in 2017, which acknowledges students in their junior or senior year, who are exceptionally brilliant academically and influencing the environment at MIT to create a thriving atmosphere on campus for other minorities.

Guinn won the Most Promising Engineer, Industry Award at the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year Awards.

She hopes that her achievement would encourage women especially young girls who want to follow in her footsteps to keep pushing, no matter the odds.

This article was originally written by Face2Face Africa and edited to meet the YEN.com.gh House Style.

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