MEET TIERA Guinn, the 22-year-old student working at NASA.
Tiera is a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for the Space Launch System that aerospace company Boeing is building for NASA.
She analyses parts of a rocket and has said will be one of the biggest and most powerful in history.
The MIT student, who will soon graduate with an perfect 5.0, had aspirations of becoming an aerospace engineer since she was a child.
“One day I saw a plane fly by and I just had this realisation, ‘huh, I can design planes. I’m going to be an aerospace engineer’,” she told WBRC News.
Her mother noticed her skills from a young age and supported her daughter’s ambitions.
Tiera recalled that her mother would often test her math skills in every day situations.
“When [my mum and I] would go to the grocery store, she would get me to clip coupons [and] put it in my coupon organiser,” she said.
“By the time we got to the register, I’d have to calculate the exact total, including tax. And I did that since I was six years old.”
Tiera said she’d advise young girls looking to follow in her footsteps to expect obstacles throughout their journey.
“You have to look forward to your dream and you can’t let anybody get in the way of it,” 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.”