Aprille Ericsson-Jackson is an American aerospace engineer as well as “Women in Science and Engineering” award winner for the best female engineer in the federal government.
Ericsson-Jackson received her Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace from Howard University. She continued her education and became the first woman to receive her PhD in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace from Howard University. She was alsothe first female African-American to receive a PhD in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Working as an aerospace engineer at the Flight Center in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control department, Ericsson-Jackson has worked on several satellite projects such as: the X-Ray Timing Explorer, the Tropical Rain Forest Measurement Mission, and the MIDEX project called the Microwave Anisotropy Probe. For these projects, Ericsson-Jackson has developed and used programs for dynamic modeling simulation that aid in predetermining the dynamics and structural reactions of spacecrafts.
In addition to her work on these projects, Ericsson-Jackson has joined several student mentoring program to help students follow her path in the sciences and engineering. The programs are especially geared to those who are under-represented in technology fields.
As mentioned previously, Ericcson-Jackson has received the “Woman in Science and Engineering” award, along with a special Recognition Award at the Black Engineers Award Conference, and a NASA Goddard Honor Award for Excellence in Outreach.
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