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Weekly Q&A highlighting Women in #Aerodynamics & #FluidDynamics. @thewisecampaign Award Finalist #WomeninSTEM. Run by @markjabbal
Jun 23, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
For #INWED20, I'm highlighting NASA Aerospace Engineer, LaTunia Pack-Melton. Her work in aerodynamics and flow control will undoubtedly #ShapeTheWorld for future flight. Thread 1/10 #blackinSTEM #WomeninSTEM LaTunia is an aerospace engineering graduate of Mississippi State University. Her career at NASA Langley Research Center spans more than 2 decades to-date, starting as a Research Engineer around 1998* and becoming a Senior Research Scientist in 2017* (*years approximate) 2/10
Jan 5, 2019 68 tweets 11 min read
#Thread of responses from women in aerodynamics to the question, 'what would you like to see in order for women's career progression in your field to be sustained and better supported?'

Responses incl. career flexibility, mentoring and more women in leadership roles #WomeninSTEM 1. "I think young female engineers need to see more female role models and mentors in my field. Having a visible example of someone that looks like you and is succeeding in their field is important. Having an opportunity to meet with a mentor like that can be very powerful."
Jan 3, 2019 86 tweets 14 min read
2nd #Thread of responses from women in aerodynamics to the question, 'what do you currently see as being the major obstacle to women entering your field?'

Responses incl gender career stereotypes from an early age, lack of self-esteem and lack of female role models #WomeninSTEM 1. "I think that there is not enough awareness of female role-models in my field. There need to be more initiatives that allow young women to connect with female role-models so that they can be inspired and motivated to follow in their footsteps."
Jan 2, 2019 61 tweets 10 min read
1st #Thread of responses from women in aerodynamics to the question, 'what barriers/challenges have you faced/overcome in your career path?'

Overwhelmingly, discrimination, issues related to being the only woman in their place of work, and childcare were cited most #WomeninSTEM 1. "In several of my positions, I have been the first woman hired. There have been challenges proving that I am as intelligent and capable as my male colleagues. I have faced bias, as well as discrimination in pay and acknowledgment of my capabilities."