Wanda Austin Receives Honorary Degree

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., (May 19, 2014) — Dr. Wanda Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, received an honorary degree from Spelman College on Sunday, May 18, in Atlanta, Ga.

The degree was awarded to Austin for her commitment to systems engineering, her dedication in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and for her leadership. During the college’s commencement ceremony, Austin accepted the honorary degree in front of the graduating class, saying she was “honored to meet the inspired, and inspiring, graduates.”

Austin reflected on her parents, teachers, and mentors who always challenged her to never accept that her gender or ethnicity would limit her achievements. “They continually raised the bar. What mattered were my goals, my drive, and my willingness to work hard to achieve my dreams,” said Austin.

Spelman College is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman was the fourth historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter. It thus holds the distinction of being one of America’s oldest historically black colleges for women.

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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