Vanessa E. Wynce is the first African-American woman to serve as director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. (Photo by NASA-Johnson Space Center)

By Bianca Crawley,
Special to the AFRO

As the first African-American female director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Mrs. Vanessa E. Wynce, has made tremendous strides in the development and future of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Growing up down south in Conway, S.C., Wynce developed a strong interest in engineering as a young child.  Intrigued with understanding the mechanics behind how things worked, she quickly began learning how to fix things.  This skill quickly developed into a special interest of hers which carried on through adulthood.

Wynce attended Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering and later earned a Master of Science in Bioengineering.

According to NASA, “She is responsible for overseeing a broad range of human spaceflight activities, including development and operation of human spacecraft, commercialization of low-Earth orbit and Johnson’s role in exploring the Moon and Mars. Under Wyche’s leadership, Johnson was recognized by Forbes and Statista as the No. 1 best employer among Texas’ major employers.”

With Wynce’s 30 plus years of experience and service while working at NASA, and a lifetime of dedication to learning and understanding her passion we are elated to see how her craft will develop space programs in the present and beyond.

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