Modern Hidden Figure: Tierra Guinn, A 22 Years-Old Student Working On NASA

Tierra Guinn is a 22 year-old black woman who is already working as an engineer at NASA

NASA is a pride of America, and be part of it is a great honor. Finally that honor is not exclusive only to white old men. She’s not the first but definitely not a last one.

Tierra Guinn, who is set to graduate with a 5.0 GPA, is a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for the Space Launch System Boeing is building for NASA.

At the young age of six, Guinn was doing complex math with her mother. “When we would go to the grocery store she was get me to clip coupons, put it in my coupon organizer, and by the time we’d get to the register I had to calculate the exact total, including tax,” she said to WBRC News.

“One day I saw a plane fly by and I just had this realization,.’I can design planes. I’m going to be an aerospace engineer.’ So every middle school class that I chose, it was directed towards that goal. The high school that I chose, that took me an hour to get to everyday, it was because I wanted to be an aerospace engineer.”


Guinn is calling for more diversity in aerospace. “You should see a black woman as rocket propulsion engineers, as rocket structural and analysis and design engineers. You should see more women in CEO positions,” she said.

She calls Hidden Figures her favorite movie, and cites it as inspiration.

Tierra Guinn advice is to stay focused, as she said, “No matter how tough it may be, no matter how many tears you might cry, you have to keep pushing. And you have to understand that nothing comes easy. Keeping your eyes on the prize, you can succeed.”

The story of Tierra Guinn could easily appear on ‘Hidden Figures 2’. Her motivation and work should be another source of inspiration for our youth. If we say we want to achieve something – we will achieve it!

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