Hidden or Nah? – Rocket Scientist Realities

God bless the lovely “Colored Computers” and Hidden Figures author, Margot Lee Shetterly, for bringing to light the significance of diversity in STEM fields.  In addition to the women spotlighted in the book and movie (Katerine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan), there are so many other successful women, and I am proud to be one!

Hidden or Nah? – my group as a Test Engineer

I graduated from the University of Michigan in Aerospace Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics.  Yes, it was difficult, but I knew I could do it because people had done it before me.  I just have a problem solving kind of brain!  I always tell my students that Engineering is simply problem solving, but instead of using guess-and-check we must use math and science to prove we have the best solution!  Since seeing the movie on opening night, I wanted to share my own insight and perspective about what it’s really like to be a Hidden Figure in 2017.

Things that have changed since 1961

  1. No skirts and no pearls! Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a reality so I must wear pants everyday along with my safety glasses and steel toe shoes. (I plan to create a women’s line of steel toes!)
  2. I barely have to touch a door.  My male counterparts will stop in their tracks, reverse and re-open a door for me on the regular.
  3. My coworkers and me strive for not only diversity, but also inclusion in my African-American Employee Resource Group.
  4. Influencing skills are Imperative!  Instead of working behind the scenes, I have to be in the forefront and lead a team to improve Change Management once we arrive to a solution.
  5. My company president knows my name, and I have a private office, Boyee!

Things that haven’t changed since 1961

  1. There are still Amazing bosses that will encourage me to do better than my best!  Although unstated, “Don’t embarrass me” is not just a reflection of my manager, but also a representation of my race and gender.
  2. Restrooms are still less available for women.  My second closest bathroom in my last 2 departments is at least 100 feet farther than the second closest men’s, but it’s always empty!
  3. I have continued to hone my communication style, which is basically to let the guys talk in circles and in one sentence re-direct them to the solution. “Guys, Push the Green button.”
  4. Family and friends have No clue what I do at work, and they just call me a rocket scientist even though I work as a Sr. Quality Engineer on Oil and Gas Turbines.
  5. Strangers are continually shocked at my career as a full-time engineer, full-time MBA student, and ’emotionally full-time’ entrepreneur leading Adorn The World, LLC.

I love being an engineer.  I love being a female engineer.
I love being a black female engineer.
I am not hidden.  I was created to SHINE!

Similar to this Hidden Figures movement, I will continue to encourage underserved and underrepresented minorities to become engineers and entrepreneurs. If you still haven’t seen Hidden Figures (and heard the amazing soundtrack), RUN and go see it!

 

10 by 30 – The Good Life

My first 30 years have been amazing, but the good life is just beginning.  I’ve had some years of building and transition, but this year has been better than I ever imagined.  I did not have a 30 by 30 list of goals, but even if I did, I would have had much lower expectations.  Lucky for me, that’s right in line with my favorite scripture, Ephesians 3:20.  I often recite the affirmations below and I truly recognize Favor aint Fair!

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  1. I finished my first MBA semester with a 4.0 and debt free at the perfect school.
  2. I lead women in worship and ministry.
  3. I have my dream job as a Senior Quality Engineer, and an office (haaay).
  4. I was gifted affordable housing in America’s Finest City.
  5. I have a boyfriend that shows love more than he says it.
  6. I stopped my daily allergy medicine and weekly chiropractic care for scoliosis.
  7. I have a healthy family, pup, and Thee best of friends.
  8. I am an entrepreneur that successfully launched the LLC’s first Soiree.
  9. I am a Six Sigma Black Belt.
  10. I donate, tithe, and seek ways to be giving to others.

The last time I wrote about happiness was 5 years ago before going into 25, and little did I know there was so much room for growth.  It hasn’t always been easy, and there were plenty of time conflicts, delays, and burdens along the way.  It is my prayer that the coming years are even better, with more sleep & less stress!

This is 30!

This is 30!

Now This is Love

Most people don’t know this, but I have kept a journal since middle school. Only about 5 percent of my thoughts and journals make it to social media.  I currently have a business journal and a Christian journal.  Unexpectedly sometimes, the two overlap.  This is what happened today while documenting some business scope clarity.  At a high level: I kept wanting to pilot some of my business concepts with a group where I hold some influence.  However, God keeps showing me that since I am not leading that group, I must continue to be submissive to my leadership.  This past weekend, it was made clear that I should stop trying to pilot the concepts with that group and continue following God’s vision of doing the activity with a completely separate (and currently unknown, yikes) group of people.  While writing this, I wanted to make a distinction that my company will be other-person centered and just stammered out the Mission Statement.  Then I paused and thought, “Wow! That’s Good.”

I then proceeded to figure out if it actually was the Vision, Mission, Values or Purpose and used the Harvard Business Review to help me through it.  For extra credit, I studied on a Credo too.  I was in LOVE!  This was so exciting for me and just took my breath away.  Now I know all of business school won’t be like this.  Yet, I saw this as a good time for me to announce that I am so excited to start my MBA pursuit Fall 2016!!

Degrees

I hope to one day have a man that makes me this happy… Until then, I guess my degrees will keep me warm!

Pi in the sky

Happy Pi Day!  Today is March 14 = 3.14 = Pi

pi = pie

In honor of this fabulous holiday, I’ll explain a little about Pi in my own words.

The most simple explanation of Pi is the Circumference divided by the Diameter.  All of which will only be used when there is a Circle involved.  Speaking of circles, check out the one below:

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Diameter = length of the line represented by cutting the pie in half.

Circumference : Circle :: Perimeter : Square.  Ie. length of the border.

Circumference = the length of the crust.  It’s kind of hard to visualize it when it’s round.  So just take the crust, snip it, and roll it out in a straight line.

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If the diameter of the circle is 1, unroll the pie crust and it equals Pi

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I don’t think in the BC days they had delicious pie crust (nor peach cobbler), so all they could do is continue to keep proving it with different sized circles.  If you believe the bible is true, then you have to believe in math, and vice versa.  2 Chronicles 4:2 talks about them approximating Pi = 3 while constructing Solomon’s Temple sea of cast metal.  Math back in the BC times had to be exciting.  Archimedes narrowed down 3 1/7 < Pi < 3 10/71.  It is presumed that Zu Chongzhi started with a shape with 24,576 sides to determine his approximation of 355/113!  That’s impressive.

Tonight, I think I’ll celebrate with a Pizza Pie and some Chocolate Silk Pie, yum.

Fun Math Fridays – 101 problems, Math aint one

My client and friend I-eXcel brought me a practice exam with no answers.  We went through it, and I enjoyed this problem so much, I decided to bless your soul with it!

Which statement is true about 101 consecutive integers ?  A. mean > median, B. mean = median, C. mean < median, D. cannot determine (based on real facts, lol)

Try it out, and leave your answers or steps you took in the comments.

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My solution:

I. Start with the most common 101 consecutive integers (counting numbers): 1 2 3 … 48 49 50 51 52 … 97 98 99 100 101

Mean With an engineering mind, I spy that you always get a sum of 100 when you add: 1+99, 2+98, 3+97 … 48+52, 49+51.  So you have 49 x 100 = 4900.

Now all you have to add is the leftovers.  4900+50+100+101 = 5151

Divide that by you number of integers (101). Mean = 5151/101 = 51

Median Make it trivial, use integers 1 thru 11.  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11.  Median is 6.  Similarly, 1 thru 101, Median = 51.

 

II. Another set of 101 consecutive integers: 0 1 2 3 … 48 49 50 51 52 … 97 98 99 100

Mean 0+100, 1+99, 2+98, 3+97 … 48+52, 49+51.  50 x 100 = 5000.

Leftovers. 5000+50 = 5050

Mean = 5050/101 = 50

Median 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. Median is 5. Similarly, 0 thru 100, Median = 50.

 

III. Last one, integers include negative numbers, too: -1 0 1 2 3 … 48 49 50 51 52 … 97 98 99

Mean 1+99, 2+98, 3+97 … 48+52, 49+51.  49 x 100 = 4900.

Leftovers. 4900+ -1 +0 = 4899

Mean = 4899/101 = 48.5

Median -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Median is 4. Similarly, -1 thru 99, Median = 49.

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!! What happened?! Those old negatives make thing tricky!

The correct answer is D-cannot determine!

Victory!  You win!

 

#FunMathFridays #MathRoxMySox #101ProblemsMathAintOne  Enjoy your weekend!

Tithing and the Material Conditional

**PSA: Nerd Alert**

Hopefully, you can follow this really advanced Math that I had to understand for my math minor on the material conditional.  If you still have questions about tithing, check out my previous post on Tithing and leave me comments 🙂

 

 p: you Tithe

q: God will bless you 

p. q. “If p, then q”.

1. If you tithe, then God will bless you. True.

2. If you tithe, then God will not bless you.  False

3. If you do not tithe, then God will bless you.  True.  (and undeserved)

4. If you do not tithe, then God will not bless you. TRUE.  (not trying to be there)

 

Note: there is only one False combination.  There is no way that tithing will not bless you.  If this was easy, try to learn the whole chaper.  Please note, this is only the first chapter on Analysis (crazy huh?)

 

Celebrating Milestones: Tithing

I have officially passed my 6 month mark of consistently tithing!  Woohoo!  The Lord dared me to test Him in the verse below, so I did.  It works! 

“Test me in this…and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe.  Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land.” –Malachi 3:10-12

 

Many of us I (not you, of course) tried to pull the opposition approach of:

1. Does my tithe have to be money?  Can’t I just tithe my time or something else?  Okay, honestly many of us aren’t still farmers and raising livestock for a living.  We are instructed to give the “yield of your seed“.  Back then, it was their grain, wine, oil, and livestock.  Now, we earn paychecks!  Basically, the way that you are surviving and living is the yield = money.  Give your tithe with a pure heart and don’t differentiate between good or bad.

2. But, Tithing is only referenced in the Old Testament; I’m covered by the blood.  “All Scriputre is breathed out by God and profitable.”  Either you are a believer, or you aren’t.

3. Where did the “10% thing” come from? Every 10th animal… shall be holy to the Lord.  Kings would take a 10th of people’s things to give to his staff.  Abram gave God a 10th of everything when he was blessed.  Jacob promised God a full 10thof all that is given to him.

4. Do I really have to do the whole 10%?  Is that before or after taxes?  Can I stop giving offering since I’m starting to tithe?  *Nerd alert* The good thing about a percentage is that it affects us all the same.  If you make $10 and have to give up $1, is that any easier that making $1,000 and giving up $100?   Offerings, sacrifices, tithes, contributions, vow offerings, and freewill offerings are DIFFERENT things.  Tithes are already the Lord’s, offerings are what you have chosen to give in addition.

5. The church misuses money.  It’s not up to you to decide if it is misued, they are held accountable.  The church leaders must also tithe the tithes that are given.  Find a new place to tithe where you are learning and being fed the word of God.

6. When God gives me more money, then I’ll start tithing.  You can’t wait for that.  God says that when you tithe more, He will give you more, not the other way around.  **Super Nerd Alert** This is called a Material Conditional.   Check out this post on Tithing and the Material Conditional

 Enough of me trying to prove it’s the right thing, this is MY celebration!!  I chose to obey the word of God and I’m happy that I did!  Final thought from my bff “I’d rather obey God and be sitting with Him in heaven, than to disobey God and find out later that I should have.”

GM Oil Life Monitor

*Disclaimer – I have a clue about cars.  This story begins when my friend saw me rip the oil sticker off my windshield as soon as I got back in the car after an oil change, he was shocked!  I told him that I have a GM car and it has super powers lets me know when to change my oil.  After going back and forth with the arguement, it concluded with me shutting it down by saying “My daddy says it’s true and he’s kept a car running for over 30 years!” 😛

 

But, I really wasn’t all that sure.  After searching, I first came across GM’s Technical Tip and Cadillac Maintenance info.  Then, perused one of my fav sites and found the video above, and one with a really attractive mechanic!  And for all those “hip” readers of the 21st century, there are articles about trusting the system, and if you really have to change oil every 3,000 miles.  They have all come to the conclusion that the Oil Monitoring System really does work!  It takes into account your driving conditions, the current engine performance, and better grades of oil.  It is also great for helping the environment with oil disposal.  In conclusion, I WIN! I’ll continue with changing my oil around 10% for now.