Dr Wendy Okolo, 31-year-old Nigerian born multi-award winning – Aerospace Research Engineer and Special Emphasis Programs Manager at NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

At age 26, she became the first black woman to obtain a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (USA).

She is an avid supporter of changing the narrative of underrepresentation in STEM, particularly for young girls, career women, and people of colour.

Dr. Wendy Okolo

In addition to her role as an Aerospace Researcher, she has served as the special emphasis programs manager for women, working to demonstrate and ensure NASA’s commitment to the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women.

Her initiatives include creating nursing rooms for mothers to ease their transition back to work and analyzing job language usage in position descriptions to remove gendered language biases that reduce female applicants.

Dr. Okolo is always a call away from giving a keynote, serving on a panel, inspiring the next generation of minority STEM leaders, and providing tools for individuals and organizations to foster diversity and inclusion in STEM.

This is all shades of amazing!


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