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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Igbo lady, Wendy Okolo emerges most promising engineer in USA - ITREALMS

A 29-year old Nigerian-born Igbo lady, Dr. Wendy A. Okolo, has won ‘The Most Promising Engineer in the United States government’ prize, reports ITREALMS.

The award, 
ITREALMS gathered, was presented to her at the just concluded BEYA Global Competitiveness Conference for the year 2019.

Okolo who works as an Aerospace Research Engineer at NASA Ames Research Center, serves as the Sub-Project Manager in the Intelligent Systems Division of NASA’s Ames Research Center and a Special Emphasis Program's Manager for Women at Ames.

Okolo had obtained her secondary school education from Queen's College, an all-girls secondary school in Lagos, Nigeria, before heading to the University Of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2010.

She became the first black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the same university in 2015 at the age of 26.
ITREALMS equally gathered that Wendy Okolo started her career as an intern for Lockheed Martin working on National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) NASA’s Orion spacecraft. She worked first in the Requirements Management Office in Systems Engineering during her first summer internship, then she worked with the Hatch Mechanisms team in Mechanical Engineering.

While she was a graduate student between 2010 and 2012, she worked in the Control Design & Analysis Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Wendy Okolo had other awards before now, including the Amelia Earhart Fellowship (2012), National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (2012), and AIAA John Leland Atwood Graduate Award (2013).

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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