Nigerian-born Dr. Wendy Okolo is 2019 most promising engineer in the United States government.
She was crowned winner of Black Engineer of the Year Awards, BEYA, for her accomplishments in the domain of aerospace engineering.
Dr. Wendy Okolo is one of the few black women to earn a doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering when she was just 26 years old.
She currently works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, and is the special emphasis programs manager at Ames Research Center and also a research engineer in the Discovery and Systems Health Technology (DaSH) Area.
According to The Cabel, Okolo talked 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 to the table. I was given an assignment to correct an error in a code system which I did and that momentarily ended the impostor syndrome.”
A research engineer with NASA since 2016, according to her LinkedIn profile, the 30-year-old who already has some 13 publications in aircraft engineering and expresses herself in 4 different languages is poised to scale more ladders as she continues to break grounds inspiring not just black women but Africa as a whole.