Aisha Bowe is a former NASA rocket scientist, a global motivational speaker, and the founder and CEO of STEM Board—which she bootstrapped into an eight-figure engineering powerhouse specializing in data analytics and IT modernization for large enterprises. The award-winning firm has been recognized in the Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in America.
A serial entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Aisha raised over $1.6 million to create LINGO, a self-paced coding kit for learning technical concepts at home. Currently used by over 5,000 students in 10 countries, LINGO has clients that include tech giants such as Microsoft, along with nonprofits, HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), and federal organizations. The kits are available at Amazon, Walmart and Target.
Thanks to her work for NASA, Aisha already has an array of achievements relating to space exploration. However, in 2023, she is set to become an astronaut herself—and will be part of the first-ever spaceflight crew composed entirely of African-American women. The Blue Origin flight also will make her the first Bahamian in space.
Aisha—whose journey to the stars began with a pre-algebra class in community college—has shared her inspiring story in interviews and presentations around the world as part of the State Department’s U.S. Speaker Program. She has garnered significant attention from national TV, online, and print media outlets such as Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Wired, and The Tamron Hall Show; Aisha also was the focus of the recent documentary “In Her Element,” which can be seen on Amazon Prime, Google Play and Apple TV.
A member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Aisha has earned numerous awards for her dedication to technical excellence and the principles of diversity and opportunity. She holds a B.S.E in Aerospace Engineering and an M. Eng. in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan, and sits on the university’s Aerospace Department Industry Advisory Board.
Aisha worked at NASA’s Ames Research Center where she was a Mission Engineering in the Small Spacecraft Division and Aerospace Engineer in the Flight Trajectory Dynamics & Controls Branch of the Aviation Systems Division. Her work focused on Nanosatellite missions and methods to maintain safe separation of air traffic and optimize fuel consumption within automated systems
I can’t believe I’m going to space! As someone who’s committed their life to breaking boundaries, this will be my greatest adventure yet. I want to show the world what can be achieved when we all dream bigger and reach for the stars.
I’m going to space!
As the first Black woman confirmed to fly with BLUE ORIGIN on New Shepard, I am expected to be the sixth Black woman to cross the Kármán line – the internationally recognized boundary of space!
This mission comes 30 years after former NASA Astronaut Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to travel to space in 1992. Since then, there are only four other Black women who carry that distinction: NASA astronauts Stephanie Wilson, Joan Higginbotham, Jessica Watkins and Dr. Sian Proctor of the SpaceX Inspiration4 Mission.
I am honored to follow the footsteps of these incredible women. I can’t wait to fly on a future flight of New Shepard
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