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Meet Wendy Okolo, the first Nigerian woman to earn a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Texas University

Wendy A. Okolo is an aerospace engineer who works as an Aerospace Research Engineer in the Intelligent Systems Division of the NASA Ames Research Center. She also works at Ames as the manager of Special Emphasis Programs for Women.

Wendy began her education in Lagos, where she graduated from Queen's College with a Secondary School Certificate. She then moved to the United States, where she earned her first bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas in 2010. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in the same field from the same university in 2015, when she was only 26 years old. 

First Nigeria woman to have obtain Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas. 

She has won numerous awards throughout her career, including, but not limited to, the following:

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a program offered by the Department of Defense (2012).

Fellowship in Honor of Amelia Earhart (2012)

The AIAA John Leland Atwood Graduate Award is given to students who have excelled in their academic pursuits (2013)

Distinguished Recent Graduate Award from the University of Texas at Arlington (2019)

Women in Aerospace Award (2019)-Initiative, Inspiring Others, and Making a Difference

BEYA Global Competitiveness Conference Award (2019)-The Most Promising Engineer in the Federal Government of the United States.

The NASA Ames Early Career Researcher Award is given to young researchers who are still in their early stages of their careers (2019).

I'll say it again: Nigerians are record breakers and record setters, and we'll keep doing so until thy kingdom comes. What are your impressions of her? Is she something you're proud of?

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