Dr. Aprille Ericsson Visits 6th Graders

Dr. Aprille Ericsson Visits 6th Graders
Posted on 10/21/2019
assembly"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

On Friday, September 20th, 6th Graders at Putnam Avenue Upper School were visited by Dr. Aprille Ericsson. A former Cambridge resident. She is 
a NASA Business Lead Manager, Aerospace Engineer (Rocket Scientist), Academic, former Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, Bowie State University, and Howard University. She is proud to be the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace option from Howard University, and the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

student writingDuring her time with our students, Dr. Ericsson spoke of her Cambridge roots and her journey to becoming a rocket scientist. 

Our vision for all our students is that they are headed toward the Good Life! We believe that our students will work to achieve their highest potential, be college-ready, become successful and contributing members of society with the best possible quality of life! Dr. Ericsson not only shares Putnam Ave.'s vision, she is an embodiment of the Good Life! She urged students to spend time thinking about what they want to be and what path will get them to their Good Life.

She specifically emphasized the importance of Math and Science--both in terms of the pathway to college and their careers. Students were excited to meet her, thoroughly engaged in 
her presentation at the auditorium and took the opportunity to write 
about the highlights 
from the visit!

Dr. Ericsson is the recipient of numerous awards like: the “Giant in Science Award” from the The Quality Education for Minorities Network, NASA GSFC Excellence in Outreach Award by the Bessie Coleman Foundation, Ron E. McNair Award by the National Executive Board of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees, a Science Trailblazers Award from the Black Engineers of the Year Award Conference, and No. 8 of the “23 Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World” by Business Insider.
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