Aerospace Engineer Aprille Ericsson (STEM Trailblazer Bios) by Laura Hamilton Waxman

By Laura Hamilton Waxman

Have you equipped a funky technology venture? In center tuition, Aprille Ericsson received moment position in a technological know-how reasonable. She knew she desired to retain growing remarkable technological know-how initiatives. As an grownup, she turned an engineer and works at NASA development spacecraft.

Ericsson was once one of many few women in her center institution who enjoyed math and technology. Years later, she grew to become the 1st girl to obtain a PhD in mechanical engineering from Howard collage. At NASA, she's helped construct spacecraft which can map the moon, video display weather switch, or maybe carry soil and rocks again from Mars. learn the way Ericsson's ardour for technological know-how has helped her pave the way in which for destiny engineers.

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I have been to the White House several times. I have been able to present my research and speak around the United States, Canada, Germany, and England. . I’ve even attended a space shuttle launch. ” —Aprille Ericsson 28 TIMELINE 1963 1986 Ericsson graduates from MIT with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering, four months after the Challenger disaster. 1995 Ericsson becomes the first woman to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering from Howard University. 2009 The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), which Ericsson worked on, launches.

I’ve even attended a space shuttle launch. ” —Aprille Ericsson 28 TIMELINE 1963 1986 Ericsson graduates from MIT with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering, four months after the Challenger disaster. 1995 Ericsson becomes the first woman to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering from Howard University. 2009 The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), which Ericsson worked on, launches. 2013 Aprille Joy Ericsson is born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 1. 1992 Ericsson gets a job at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

S T E M TRAILBLAZER BIOS Have you ever built a cool science project? In middle school, Aprille Ericsson won second place in a science fair. She knew she wanted to keep creating amazing science projects. As an adult, she became an engineer and works at NASA building spacecraft.

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