Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft. This field of engineering is dominated by men but Tiffany Davis, a Black woman, is set to graduate from the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
She told the college’s website two years ago she always had a love for the field. “When I was 11 I asked for a circuit board for Christmas because I thought it was cool that this board could play such a huge role in how something works.”
“What can I say? I was just one of those engineering nerds. I still have that circuit board. It’s still really cool.”
She was chosen to take part in the Boeing’s Engineering Accelerated Hiring Initiative (EAHI) in 2014, an elite program that elevates the employment and internship options for 350 of the nation’s best undergraduate engineers.
Boeing lead recruiter Mark Lyden had this to say when he interviewed Davis for the EAHI position, “Tiffany Davis is the kind of student we come to Georgia Tech to find. And I’d like to see her working with my group when she comes to Boeing because I think she could teach others,”.
“She has the good grades, the leadership skills, and the communications skills that we expect, but she also has that ‘X’ factor that makes her an outstanding person to work with. She’s smart but not prideful, curious but meticulous in her work.”
The opportunity has allowed her to hold several internships with the company, including positions as a structural analyst and product design intern that same year. According to her linked-in page, she resumed the same position as an analyst in 2015.
In 2014, Davis wrote a letter to president Obama regarding college affordability. He responded and told her he was working to ensure all Americans, “including future rocket scientists like you, can achieve their dreams without worrying about their loans. Her action prompted president Obama to proclaim at that time that the university was “one of the finest technical institutes in the world.”
Tiffany Davis has set a pace for other black women in the sciences to follow as she hopes to change the perception of black women in science.