Dr. Wanda Austin

#OverIt Moment: In 2007, Wanda Austin was inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame for her exemplary work in aerospace engineering.

Wanda Austin was born on September 8, 1954 in the Bronx, New York. She received her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from USC in 1988. She is the former president and first female and African American CEO of the Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s security space programs. She serves on the board of directors of the Space Foundation and Chevron Corporation and on the Board of Trustees for USC and the National Geographic Society. Following the resignation of C.L. Max Nikias, she currently serves as USC’s interim president, becoming the first woman and African American to lead the university.

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