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26-year-old Nigerian woman becomes the first African-American to bag PhD in Aerospace Engineering at US university

The first black woman to ever receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in the United States is a remarkable Nigerian-American woman named Wendy Okolo.

At the age of 26, Wendy Okolo accomplished this amazing. After being granted admission to the University of Texas to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, she began her postsecondary study there.

After completing her undergraduate studies with distinction, Wendy was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering. She then went on to enroll at the University of Texas for a PhD degree.

She became the first black woman to ever receive a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington, in the United States, five years after receiving her Bachelor’s degree. Since then, Dr. Wendy Okolo has distinguished herself as an aerospace engineer and won numerous prizes.

The Nigerian government praised her accomplishments and hailed her as a capable representative of her country. Dr. Wendy Okolo received an Excellence Award from the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2022. She announced on Instagram that she had received the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal.

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