From Academic Struggles to Space Success! This Is The Story Of Aisha Bowe’s Journey to a $947 Million Contract

by Gee NY
Aisha Bowe. Image Credit: @aishabowe on Instagram

Aisha Bowe’s remarkable journey from academic setbacks to space industry success serves as an inspiration, particularly for Black women aspiring to excel in STEM fields.

In a recent interview with the “Earn Your Leisure” podcast, Bowe candidly shared her early academic struggles, recalling her challenging start at community college.

Despite facing setbacks, she remained undeterred and eventually transitioned to aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, a decision that many around her found perplexing.

Although Bowe says she failed courses while at Michigan’s aerospace program, she used her pitfalls as fuel to keep pushing.

“I just committed to the process and to the long game,” she said. “And over that, I got better and better until I got to the point where I was like there isn’t anything that I can’t do, that I can’t come back from.”

She persevered through academic challenges, ultimately securing a position at NASA before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey.

As the founder of Lingo, an at-home coding kit, and STEMBoard, a tech company specializing in smart systems and solutions, Bowe has achieved significant milestones.

Most notably, STEMBoard recently secured a monumental $947 million contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) through Exacta Solutions, a joint venture with STEMBoard.

Bowe’s accomplishments extend beyond the business realm. In 2022, she was announced as the sixth Black woman set to venture into space, marking a historic moment as the first Black woman to fly on Blue Origin’s New Shepard space mission.

Reflecting on this milestone, Bowe expressed gratitude for the trailblazing women who paved the way before her and eagerly anticipated her upcoming space journey.

Bowe’s journey exemplifies resilience, determination, and the transformative power of pursuing one’s dreams despite adversity.

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