Aerospace Engineer Dr. Aprille Ericsson to Present at DCCC

March 14, 2018 - Dr. Aprille Ericsson will present at Davidson County Community College on March 20, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of the college’s Distinguished Speaker Series. This presentation is in conjunction with DCCC’s Females in Stem Week. The event is free and open to the public.

Ericson’s studies and diligent efforts enabled her to pursue a career in rocket science with NASA, and to be honored with numerous awards.

She was the first person of color to receive the prestigious “2016 Washington Award” from the Western Society of Engineers. Dr. Ericsson is the first female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, and the first African-American civil servant female to receive a doctorate in Engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Aprille Ericsson was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she developed an interest in science and mathematics at an early age. Ericsson was accepted into the undergraduate program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study and obtain her degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. She continued her education at the prestigious Howard University where she would receive both a Masters of Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in aerospace.

Dr. Ericsson says she feels obligated to help spur interest in STEM subjects for minority and female students.

“Without diversity in all fields the United States will not remain technically competitive,” Ericson said.

Dr. Aprille Ericsson will discuss these topics and more in-depth at the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center on March 20.

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