This 22-Year-Old Is Already An Engineer At NASA

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Tiera Guinn is just 22 years old and she’s already working for NASA.

As a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for the Space Launch System that aerospace company Boeing is building for NASA, Guinn designs and analyzes parts of a rocket that she said will be one of the biggest and most powerful in history.

Guinn, whose career trajectory seems like a sequel to the much-acclaimed “Hidden Figures” movie, has been aspiring to become an aerospace engineer since she was a child.

Her mom, who noticed her daughter’s skills from a young age, made sure to Guinn stayed sharp by putting her intelligence to use…at the supermarket.

“When [my mom and I] would go to the grocery store, she would get me to clip coupons [and] put it in my coupon organizer,” Guinn told WBRC News. “By the time we got to the register, I’d have to calculate the exact total, including tax. And I did that since I was six years old.”

“One day I saw a plane fly by and I just had this realization, ‘huh, I can design planes. I’m going to be an aerospace engineer,”’ Guinn said.

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Google opens Howard University West to train black coders

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Google is opening “Howard West” on its campus in Mountain View, Calif., a Silicon Valley outpost for the historically black university where computer science majors can immerse themselves in coding instruction and tech culture, not to mention the inner workings of one of the planet’s most famous companies.

Between 25 and 30 juniors and seniors from Washington, D.C.-based Howard University will spend 12 weeks at Google this summer, receiving instruction from senior Google engineers and Howard faculty and getting course credit for their studies, the Internet giant announced Thursday.

The program is an outgrowth of Google’s effort to recruit more software engineers from historically black colleges and universities, one of the ways Google is addressing the severe shortage of African Americans on its payroll, particularly in technical roles, where they account for 1% of the workforce.

Eventually Google wants to expand the program to include other historically black colleges and universities, said Bonita Stewart, Google’s vice president of global partnerships, who has been working with Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick to develop the framework.

Stewart says when she joined Google a decade ago, there was little talk of diversity or making the tech industry more representative of the populations it serves. Today, this Howard graduate says Google is making a serious investment in building bridges.

“For us, it is an opportunity to ensure that we are building a pipeline and more importantly, stimulating the right partnerships to drive change,” Stewart told USA TODAY.

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Johns Hopkins Has First Black Female Neurosurgeon Resident

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In the 30 years that Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s neurosurgical department has accepted residents, there has never been a black woman in the ranks.

Now, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is making history.

The prestigious program accepts just two to five residents, and is ranked second in the country. Among its most notable alumni: Dr. Ben Carson, who is now the United States secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

“I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved settings, specifically surgical care,” Abu-Bonsrah said in a statement. “I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure.”

Abu-Bonsrah lived in Ghana until she was 15, and also attended Johns Hopkins medical school.

Read more about Nancy’s achievement on CNN.

24 Years Ago Ellen Ochoa Was The First Latina In Space, Now She’s Heading To Astronaut Hall Of Fame

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Twenty-four years ago, the trailblazing Ellen Ochoa became the first Latina in space. The NASA astronaut made history back in 1993, and continues to do so today. On May 19, she’ll be inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. “I’m honored to be recognized among generations of astronauts who were at the forefront of exploring our universe for the benefit of humankind,” Ochoa said, according to KCET. “I hope to continue to inspire our nation’s youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, so they, too, may reach for the stars.”

Through her career, she’s done more than inspire younger generations of space exploration enthusiasts, she’s broken barriers. The 58-year-old California native – who is of Mexican descent – began her career at NASA in the late 1980s. However, she didn’t always expect to go into this field. In 1981, Ochoa was a PhD candidate looking to become a research engineering; Sally Ride also became the first US woman in space. That’s when she realized her true path.

“Putting that all together with my interest in space is what led me to apply [to NASA],” she said, according to NBC News. “You could do research in lots of different areas. The wide variety of tasks you could do with the space shuttle is something that really interested me.”

Continue onto Remezcla to read more about Ellen’s journey to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

NASA highlights women in STEM with a virtual field trip

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It’s a Google Expedition for International Women’s Day.

NASA and Google Expeditions are celebrating International Women’s Day with a series of virtual field trips highlighting the careers of seven women and their contributions to America’s space program. The tours are part of the Modern Figures program, which continues the conversation started by the film Hidden Figures, and allow viewers to step into a 100,000 square-foot aircraft hangar, a simulated Martian landscape, a space flight operations facility and other locations where NASA’s women engineers, scientists and directors work towards the next milestone in space exploration.

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‘What if female scientists were celebrities?’: GE says it will place 20,000 women in technical roles by 2020

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GE is making a commitment to close the gender gap at its organization by promising to place 20,000 women in technical roles by 2020.

The company also wants to obtain 50:50 gender representation in all its entry-level technical programs, GE announced in a press release on Wednesday.

GE currently employs 14,700 women in engineering, manufacturing, IT, and product management, representing 18% of the company’s technical workforce.

The company also released a whitepaper on Wednesday looking into the economic benefits of a gender-balanced workforce. The study quoted OECD research, for example which found that closing the gender gap could increase GDP by up to 10% by 2030.

It also cited a 2004 study, from nonprofit workplace inclusion organization Catalyst, which found that more gender-diverse companies performed 53% better than those that are not gender diverse.

GE chief economist Marco Annunziata said in a statement: “Unless we bring more women into technology and manufacturing, there will be a significant negative economic impact on the sector. This is a problem for business to actively address.”

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NASA’s Youngest Researcher Poised To Be First Mexican On Mars

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NASA’s youngest researcher Yair Israel Piña López, 20, might be on his way to Mars.

According to Remezcla, the National Autonomous University of Mexico student is among six crew members en route to Utah’s Mars Desert Research Station. Through intricate astronaut cosplay and individual research, the physics major is an essential part of making an eventual mission to the Red Planet possible.

“I’m very proud,” he said of his selection in a statement. “Now in Mexico we need to support each other to get ahead, and it fills me with pride to be able to carry the flag of Mexico on such an important mission, and make the first mission to Mars a real possibility.”

Here’s to making history!

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This Woman Was The Navy’s “Hidden Figure”

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Soon after Hidden Figures was acknowledged with three Oscar nominations, a woman named Raye Montague spoke with Good Morning America about her own experience as a “hidden figure” in the Navy, Yahoo reports.

“I’m known as the first person to design a ship using the computer,” she explained — and she was being humble. She actually designed it in 19 hours using a system she built even though she’d been given a whole month.

“And I was the first female program manager of ships in the history of the Navy, which was the equivalent of being a CEO of a company,” she added.

That’s quite an accomplishment for anyone, but as a Black woman in Little Rock, Arkansas, the road there was particular bumpy for Montague.

“Growing up in a segregated South, you never dreamed that these options were available to you,” she said. She remembers exploring a submarine with her grandpa and asking a man working there how she could work somewhere like it one day. “Oh, you’d have to be an engineer, but you don’t ever have to worry about that,” he responded.

She proved him wrong. Even though she couldn’t get an engineering degree because her first-choice school didn’t accept Black people, she got a business degree at a Black college, started in the Navy in 1956 as a typist, and learned engineering and programming while she worked.

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