Showing 7 results for:


by Topic

All results

Meet Kofi Asante, A Black Executive Leading At Aerospace Company Elroy Air

As an undergrad, Kofi Asante developed a knack for figuring out how to connect dots without a roadmap to guide him. Being rooted in problem-solving is what landed him at Uber Freight post-grad. The platform, launched in 2017, was created as a hassle-free way to connect shippers with carriers. During his time at Uber Freight as a strategy and partnerships lead, Asante went on to launch its sister company Power Loop — a technology that allows you to load trailers ahead of time and aims to reduce driver detention time. With the company also bridging autonomous trucks together with Uber Freight, its operational model is similar to one of the next steps in his journey of working with Elroy Air. As its vice president of strategy & business development, Asante is a Black executive in aerospace. “[Elroy Air] has been around for five years and around that time they’d been around for maybe a year and a half or two. And they didn’t have any business people yet. It was all engineers. [Charles...

Apr 4, 2022

Meet Aisha Bowe, the Rocket Scientist and Entrepreneur Committed to Mentoring Black Tech's Next Generation

The famous phrase “it’s not rocket science” doesn’t apply to Aisha Bowe, a Black female aerospace engineer and entrepreneur. A graduate of The Aerospace Engineering Program at the University of Michigan, Bowe earned her stripes at NASA having received the National Society of Black Engineers award for Outstanding Technical Contribution. “I spent time in the government working for NASA as a rocket scientist, and I didn’t see people who looked like me,” she said. “I wanted to find a company that could demonstrate technical proficiency well by doing cool things.” Motivated by a desire to increase Black representation in the tech space, Bowe founded STEMBoard , a tech company that creates smart systems and solutions for large scale U.S. federal and private sector clients. Some of the nation’s leading problems for high-priority organizations within the government — such as the Department of Defense — contracted her team of engineers to develop innovative solutions. “I’m out to elevate the...

Nov 2, 2020

Meet Caleb Anderson, the 12-Year-Old College Sophomore Studying Aerospace Engineering

Caleb Anderson is not your average 12-year-old. Despite his young age, Anderson is already a sophomore studying aerospace engineering at Chattahoochee Technical College in Georgia. According to 11Alive , he began to show his brilliance from the time he was in diapers, learning sign language to effectively communicate before he could even speak. He leveled up even further by learning to read the United States Constitution at the age of two. “By nine months old, he was able to sign over 250 words, and by 11 months old, he was speaking and reading,” shared Anderson’s family. At the age of three, Anderson could already speak Spanish, Mandarin, and French on top of his native language English. He also qualified for MENSA — the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. According to Face to Face Africa , this society is only open to people who score at the 98 th percentile or higher on a supervised, standardized, or other approved intelligence test. “As we started to interact with...

Oct 2, 2020

Meet the Black Aerospace Scientist Helping Astronauts Combat Space Sickness

NASA aerospace research psycho-physiologist Dr. Patricia S. Cowings designed a program to help astronauts combat space sickness, according to Face2Face Africa . Born in Bronx, New York, Cowings, 71, dedicated her 34-year career at NASA to helping spacemen and women better adapt to outer space conditions by studying the effects of gravity on human physiology and performance. According to NASA, approximately half of the crew experience a range of symptoms of motion sickness during space travel, including mild forms of nausea or dizziness to severe malaise and vomiting. As a result of her research efforts, NASA patented Autogenic Feedback Training Exercise (AFTE), a six-hour procedure used to train people to control 24 physiological functions—breathing, heart rate, sweating, etc. — to reduce symptoms of motion sickness. During training, she teaches a subject to mentally evoke a sensation, like muscle relaxation, to bring about desired physiological changes, says NASA . “Astronauts are...

Jul 23, 2020

NFL QB Joshua Dobbs Has Been Working at NASA in His Offseason

The sports world has experienced a major loss in the offseason as COVID-19 continues to threaten regularly scheduled seasons. While some athletes have been trying their best to make the most of their time stuck at home, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Joshua Dobbs has spent his offseason working for NASA. The University of Tennessee alumnus graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering, according to USA Today , and is finding a reason to put it to good use. For almost three weeks during the month of February — between the Super Bowl and the initial COVID-19 outbreak — Dobbs put his degree into play by participating in an externship program at NASA. During the program, he was able to network with engineers and get a crash course in space travel. “When you get down there and you see how intelligent people are and how hard they work, just what they are even talking about and are able to pull off, it’s truly amazing,” Dobbs told USA Today. “It was so specialized.” The program, which...

May 1, 2020

This $1.5 Million Grant Will Support Rocketry At One HBCU

California-based STEM workforce and entrepreneur acceleration nonprofit Base 11 will be funding a grant for one HBCU in order to help develop a hands-on liquid-fuel rocketry lab. Birmingham Times reports that a key to the state of commercial aerospace’s current climate is liquid propulsion. So the winner of this grant will have access to a lab that will give them an edge over others in the commercial space, a space that, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch , will become a nearly-$3-trillion industry within the next 30 years. “The African American workforce and entrepreneurial community was largely left behind by the tech boom in Silicon Valley, and we don’t want to see the same thing happen with the commercial space industry,” said Landon Taylor, Base 11 CEO.  “This grant will equip an HBCU with the seed capital and human capital needed to build a robust, long-term student rocketry program that can work in concert with industry to develop in-demand aerospace talent and launch...