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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Black women in Engineering:
Joan Higginbotham ...........
Astronaut/Electrical Engineer ...
Straight outta Chi-Town, Higginbotham received a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and two Masters: one in Management, the other in Space Systems, from Florida Institute of Technology. Before being selected as an astronaut, she supported numerous Space Shuttle launches as both a Payloads and Project Engineer at NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC). After two attempts, she was selected to join the Astronaut Corps in 1996. When she was not selected the first time, she was told she needed another technical degree to make her application stand out. So she did just that...she acquired a second Masters degree, applied again, and was ultimately selected!
Higginbotham logged over 308 hours in space during the Space Shuttle mission STS-116, in 2006. She was also originally assigned to the crew of STS-126 targeted for launch in September 2008, but ended up retiring from NASA before that could happen. Joan Higginbotham is an example of a beautiful, intelligent, determined, and inspiring black women in STEM. Oh, and check her out in @aliciakeys music video, “Superwoman”. Indeed, she is one 👩🏾🚀. Her achievements are in the history books and serve as motivation and inspiration for the next generation of black female astronauts, scientists, engineers, innovators, and the like. Thank you for being a role model to the youth. Today, we honor and celebrate you!!! “I think kids need to exposure to just about everything because they can’t become something they know nothing about...the more you expose children to things, the more opportunities they’ll have in life.”
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