My road in life has been direct.
I was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in West Africa and moved to the U.S. when I was 12 years old—I spent most of my school years in Maryland.
A high school teacher recognized my skills in STEM and encouraged me to pursue engineering in college.
I started in civil engineering but quickly realized I didn’t enjoy it much, so I switched to mining engineering, which was great because the program had a much better student–teacher ratio.
While in school, I completed a couple of internships, including a mining engineering internship back in Sierra Leone!
I received my bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from Virginia Tech with a minor in women’s studies leadership.
My first job after college involved working with the federal government as a mining engineer on reclamation projects.
When I got this opportunity to work as an environmental engineer for the Nevada Gold Mines, I took it on—despite my lack of experience in the field!—because I wanted to become more well-rounded.
I also have a self-published magazine, STEMher, which features the education, experience, and skills of girls and women in the STEM disciplines.
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