Alumna Aprille Ericsson Named Tau Beta Pi 2018 Distinguished Alumna

Mechanical Engineering Alumna Aprille Joy Ericsson (M.S. ’90; Ph.D. ’95) has been named 2018 Distinguished Alumna of the International Engineering Society, Tau Beta Pi. Dr. Ericsson was nominated by the Howard University DC Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. The DC Alpha Chapter acknowledged Dr. Ericsson for “her lifelong efforts as a forceful agent for change and her promotion and advancement of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among youth, especially minorities and women” (Howard Newsroom).

According to the Tau Beta Pi Association, Dr. Ericsson has been recognized “as one of the most powerful women engineers in the world” (Howard Newsroom). This outstanding award is one of many for Dr. Ericsson, some of which were breakthroughs for minorities, as she was the first minority to receive the Washington Award of the Western Society of Engineers.

Dr. Ericcson received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Howard University in 1995. She was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University.

Dr. Ericsson currently serves on the Departmental Advisory Board for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and has previously served on the Howard University Board of Trustees. She has held several positions at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) over the past 25 years as an aerospace engineer.

We congratulate Dr. Ericsson on her outstanding achievements!

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