Nigerian Wendy Okolo, first black woman to obtain PhD in Aerospace engineering who works at NASA, wins big award in U.S.

By Amos Fofung

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 the first ever black woman 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.

Source Today News Africa

Libya: NCUSLR to hold Virtual Youth Summit

By Sami Zaptia

The National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations is to hold its Inaugural Virtual Youth Summit Meeting via Skype on Saturday, 23rd February.

The U.S.-based ngo has invited all youth interested in cooperating with it on youth-oriented projects and programmes to participate in its Youth Initiative.

The meeting will be held in Arabic with participants from Libya and the diaspora. The NCUSLR meeting is the first event being held as part of its Youth Initiative.

It says the first cohort is meeting on the topic of entrepreneurship and will bring together 16-20 entrepreneurs and interested youth in this field.

The objectives for this summit are to educate participants on the Council’s goals in supporting youth, and to establish the basis for a youth network that is actively engaged in participating in events and projects under the auspices of the Council in relevant field areas (i.e. business, health, tech & media, education, and cultural production).

It also aims to host an interactive panel discussion on entrepreneurship in Libya led by two youth business leaders, Tarek Algryani and Mabrukah Abdullah.

The NCUSLR will issue a report detailing the next steps and the structure of the network next week.

Interested parties should contact NCUSLR’s Youth Representative Mohamed Alarabi at contact@ncuslr.org in Arabic or English.

Source Libya Herald