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!

 

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I have been living in my dream location, San Diego, California for 2 years now.  I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially a Cali Girl!  I have learned so much by being here.

1. I learned that I don’t know myself all that well.

2. I started my own business!! Praise.  I will do a formal announcement when it’s the season to debut.

3. Indianapolis is where I had the most spiritual growth.  San Diego has been the place of mental growth.

4. I dress weird, and I’m better at coordinating outfits rather than matchy matchy.  I had no black clothes in my wardrobe so I consciously went shopping and only wore black clothes.  I called it #blackout

5. I finally decided to loc my hair mainly because I rarely washed or style it for 6 months straight.

6. I was REALLY sick my entire first year here.  Internally sick so nobody visibly noticed.

7. I love Jesus for getting me through all of the pain and sickness because for the first time many of my family members weren’t so fortunate and passed away this year.

8. I started focusing on selected friendship quality instead of associate quantity.

9. Which led me to just spending much more time alone.

10. But I don’t know if being alone is good or bad for me… which brings me back to No. 1

I’m sure there will be so many more lessons to learn.  This is most likely the reason I am still here — to learn.  What is me, what is just a hobby or fad? What need do I have of my friends, when should I put people in the no-friend Zone, when does that funnel into the no-speak Zone vs. the lesson to just be more tolerant?  Do I want a house, marriage, kids yet/Ever or do I truly desire to be a foster or surrogate mom in a townhouse?

I have no idea how to answer these, but I’m sure it will come through conversations and experiences that are coming, along with ones I’ve had in these last 2 years.

 

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.

 iexcel

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!

Testimony > Revelation

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 

-Matthew 6:33-34

 At least it's a pretty nice back.

Let me start by saying my LS is one of the beastingest people I know!  Fortunately, I can personally point out characteristics that make many of my LS’s quite THE BEAST.  But this one in particular was my first president in an organization that promotes sisterhood and service and was rebuilding a chapter from the BOTTOM!  She led us all through a time when many of us didn’t even know how to make it successful.  She is an alumna of University of Michigan and THE Georgetown Law and has passed the BAR exam!!   Other than that, she’s caring, hilarious, gorgeous, and pretty fly!

After I read her latest blog post, at first I was hurt that she is all depressed.  Then, I was really excited that I have the opportunity to witness and share my testimony with her.  I was just going to comment back on her facebook wall, but thought it was getting a bit lengthy, so below is my hip and shorthanded candid  response:

Girl, this chapter is the realest talk ever!! My first super testimony was my own experience struggling for a job.  I prayed that His will be done!  Similar to you, I had my own “revelation” moment.  After months, I finally just got content that I was staying at home for a while, and even asked my parents (first time for everything) to get me these dream boots for Christmas!  I used this time as an opportunity for me to get closer to my parents and closer to God.  I had to find out what He wanted me to learn.  Now, 2 years later, I realize that I wouldn’t have the close relationship with my parents that I have now had I not been home for those months.  It finally got to a point where I stopped stressing.  Soon after, I bought a flight that I couldn’t afford, and decided “I’d work it out”.  But, Money got REAL funny.  I thank God that a couple days before the credit card bill was due, I got my job, and they direct deposited my moving stipend in my account!

All of Matthew 6 is on point!  Give to the Needy, Pray the right way and understand The Lord’s Prayer, study up on FASTING, Serve God not money, Don’t worry about tomorrow.  Then, and only then can your testimony be greater than this “revelation” of depression.  God Bless you LS, I’ve already sent a prayer up for ya!

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
   and delivers them out of all their troubles.

-Psalms 34:17