A 22-year-old college student is leading the new generation of pioneering black women depicted in Hidden Figures. Tiera GuInn is a Rocket and Structural Design and Analysis Engineer working on the space launch system that Boeing is constructing for NASA. Guinn, who will graduate form MIT with a 5.0 GPA, is designing the “largest and most powerful” rocket in history.
“It’s really humbling,” she told Alabama news station, WBRC . “I design components for the rockets themselves and then I analyze them to make sure they’re structurally sound.” Guinn was only 6 years old when she began doing math exercises with her mother. “When we would go to the grocery store she was get me to clip coupons, put it in my coupon organizer, and by the time we’d get to the register I had to calculate the exact total, including tax. “
“One day I saw a plane fly by and I just had this realization, ‘I can design planes. I’m going to be an aerospace engineer,’” she continued. “So every middle school class that I chose, it was directed towards that goal. The high school that I chose, that took me an hour to get to everyday, it was because I wanted to be an aerospace engineer.” Guinn pulls inspiration from Hidden Figures (her favorite movie), and wants to see more diversity her in field.
“You should see a black woman as rocket propulsion engineers, as rocket structural and analysis and design engineers. You should see more women in CEO positions.” While Guinn has yet to reach her personal “success point,” she offered some sound advice for anyone chasing a dream. “You have to look forward to your dream, and you can’t let anybody get in the way of it,” she said. “No matter how tough it may be, no matter how many tears you might cry, you have to keep pushing.”
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Efrem Dawit – “You have to look forward to your dream and you can’t let anybody get in the way of it. No matter how tough it may be, no matter how many tears you might cry, you have to keep pushing. And you have to understand that nothing comes easy. Keeping your eyes on the prize, you can succeed.” Lovely
Nisey Woods – Tiera! Your dad is helping me with construction at my house, and has told me so much about you, and how proud he is of you! This has inspired me and my group of friends Keep Rockin’ It! You Are Amazing!
Pamela F. – Yes. I saw the reference about Tiera Guinn Fletcher on The View, as well. She is calm & measured, and an amazing inspiration for me to become an excellent preschool teacher. I would love to have her high-school math teacher and her parents as professional mentors at my organization!
Joe_1984 – Its sad that women don’t have enough jobs in engineering. But the job market is severely oversaturated. Often times men are chosen over women.
E. S. – She’s inspiring. Wish Americans would focus more on women like her and less on the Cardi B.s and Kardashians of the world.
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