Dr. Wanda Austin Participates in History Makers Back-to-School Event

El Segundo, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2013) – Dr. Wanda Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, met with a classroom of fifth graders as part of the History Makers fourth annual day of service program on Friday, Sept. 27.

Austin visited the Knowledge is Power Program Scholar Academy in Los Angeles to discuss her educational background and career path that led her to Aerospace. Austin emphasized the importance of her education and going to college.

“Doing well in school is the most important thing you can do to be successful,” Austin told the class, repeating advice instilled in her by her parents.

“If you do well in school … opportunities are out there for you,” she said, mentioning how she was able to spend a year during college studying in England.

At the end of her presentation, Austin led the students to in a pledge to commit to their educational excellence and preparation.

On Sept. 27, close to 500 History Makers went back to school in 30 states and 67 cities to tell their personal stories to provide important examples of black leadership. The History Makers Back to School initiative brings African American leaders into schools to interact with students firsthand and to raise student awareness about the achievements of some accomplished African Americans in their local communities.

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has almost 3,500 employees. It provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.



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